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HEARD ON THE BEAT / IN ORANGE COUNTY

O.C. on High-Tech List

November 30, 1998|P.J. HUFFSTUTTER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Orange County has the state's third largest number of high-tech employees, according to a recent survey by the American Electronics Assn.

Reviewing federal census data from 1990 through 1996, the trade group found that Orange County had nearly 80,764 people working in the high-tech manufacturing, communications services and software and computer-related service fields.

As of 1996, the leading city was San Jose with 221,331 employees. Los Angeles ranked second with 147,455 high-tech workers.

At the time, Orange County's average high-tech wages, $49,234, were above the area's average private-sector salary of $31,766. But the wage was below the statewide average of $57,971 for such technical work.

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P.J. Huffstutter covers high technology for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7830 and at p.j.huffstutter@latimes.com.

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