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Areas with highest concentration of employment in software publishing, December 2014

July 29, 2015

The software publisher industry, which employed 315,700 in December 2014, produces and distributes computer software. Some metropolitan areas have a higher concentration of employment in this industry than other areas. We measure this concentration with the location quotient. A location quotient greater than one means the industry has a higher share of area employment than the national average. In December 2014, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington, had the highest concentration of employment in the software publisher industry. Among the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest concentrations of employment in this industry, 3 were in California.

Metropolitan areas with concentration of employment (location quotient) in the software publisher industry greater than the national average, December 2014



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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Metropolitan areas with concentration of employment (location quotient) in the software publisher industry greater than the national average, December 2014
Area Location quotient

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

12.83

Madison, WI

10.33

Boulder, CO

9.83

Provo-Orem, UT

8.42

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

6.98

Eugene, OR

5.76

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

4.21

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

3.85

Manchester-Nashua, NH

3.79

Fargo, ND-MN

3.56

Ann Arbor, MI

3.47

Bellingham, WA

2.68

State College, PA

2.68

Austin-Round Rock, TX

2.64

Champaign-Urbana, IL

2.33

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

2.20

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

2.06

Bend-Redmond, OR

2.02

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

1.75

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

1.71

Tucson, AZ

1.50

Lincoln, NE

1.47

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

1.40

Medford, OR

1.34

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

1.32

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

1.28

Trenton, NJ

1.26

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

1.19

Gainesville, FL

1.11

Springfield, MO

1.11

Note: Data not shown for metropolitan areas for which the location quotient is 1.0 or less or not disclosable due to publication standards.

Other than Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington, five other metropolitan areas had location quotients greater than 5.0. This indicates the proportion of the area's private sector employment in the software publisher industry was at least 5 times greater than the national average. These metropolitan areas were Madison, Wisconsin; Boulder, Colorado; Provo-Orem, Utah; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California; and Eugene, Oregon.

These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. For more information on location quotients and to calculate location quotients for other analysis areas, use the Location Quotient Calculator.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Areas with highest concentration of employment in software publishing, December 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/area-employment-concentration-in-software-publishing-industry-december-2014.htm (visited November 15, 2019).

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