Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Information Technology Employment in the San Francisco Area

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Information Technology Employment in the San Francisco Area

Article excerpt

"The more things change, the more they stay the same." This proverb could be used to describe employment in information technology (IT) within the San Francisco area. For instance, the composition of IT employment has changed considerably since the San Francisco area became the IT leader in the early 1990s. Yet, during that time, the San Francisco area's share of the Nation's IT employment has been consistently larger than any other metropolitan area's share.

In recent decades, goods-producing sectors (such as manufacturing) have experienced job losses, but service-providing sectors have recorded job gains. IT employment, which includes both manufacturing and service-providing jobs, has experienced the same shift. This has occurred in San Francisco and in other leading IT areas.

By the 1990s, San Francisco had a strong presence in IT manufacturing. In 1995, approximately 75 percent of San Francisco IT jobs were in manufacturing, with the remainder in IT services. By 2006, the distribution of employment between IT manufacturing and IT services in the Bay area was much closer to 50-50. Nationwide, this distribution was close to 50-50 in 1995. Since that time, the share of IT employment in manufacturing in the United States has declined, while that in IT services has increased. …

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