Silicon Valley Employment Trends Through 2016

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Figure 8: Silicon Valley Employment, by Major Areas of Economic Activity, Q2 2007 – Q4 2016

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BW Research

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages




Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data includes average annual employment estimates as of the second quarter for years 2007 through 2016 and the fourth quarter of 2016 from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, and include the entire city-defined Silicon Valley region. Data for Q4 of 2016 was estimated at the industry level by BW Research using Q3 2016 QCEW data and updated based on Q4 2016 reported growth and totals, and modified slightly by Chmura Economics & Analytics JobsEQ platform, which removes suppressions and reorganizes public sector employment. Community Infrastructure & Services includes Healthcare & Social Services (including state and local government jobs); Retail; Accommodation & Food Services; Education (including state and local government jobs); Construction; Local Government Administration; Transportation; Banking & Financial Services; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Personal Services; Federal Government Administration; Nonprofits; Insurance Services; State Government Administration; Warehousing & Storage; and Utilities (including state and local government jobs). Innovation and Information Products & Services includes Computer Hardware Design & Manufacturing; Semiconductors & related Equipment Manufacturing; Internet & Information Services; Technical Research & Development (Include Life Sciences); Software; Telecommunications Manufacturing & Services; Instrument Manufacturing (Navigation, Measuring & Electromedical); Pharmaceuticals (Life Sciences); Other Media & Broadcasting, including Publishing; Medical Devices (Life Sciences); Biotechnology (Life Sciences); and I.T. Repair Services. Business Infrastructure & Services includes Wholesale Trade; Personnel & Accounting Services; Administrative Services; Technical & Management Consulting Services; Facilities; Management Offices; Design, Architecture & Engineering Services; Goods Movement; Legal; Investment & Employer Insurance Services; and Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations. Other Manufacturing includes Primary & Fabricated Metal Manufacturing; Machinery & Related Equipment Manufacturing; Other Manufacturing; Transportation Manufacturing including Aerospace & Defense; Food & Beverage Manufacturing; Textiles, Apparel, Wood & Furniture Manufacturing; and Petroleum and Chemical Manufacturing (Not in Life Sciences).

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