Los Angeles Has More Tech Job Postings Than San Francisco

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is dot.LA's Editorial Fellow. Prior to that, she was an editorial intern at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

Los Angeles Has More Tech Job Postings Than San Francisco
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Los Angeles continues to beat San Francisco in terms of the number of tech jobs that employers are looking to fill—with L.A. ranking fourth in the entire country last month in open job postings.

There were 13,437 tech job postings in the L.A. metro area in January, according to data from IT trade association CompTIA. While that number was 791 fewer than in December, Los Angeles maintained its advantage over San Francisco, which ranked fifth in the U.S. with 12,147 tech positions available. Only New York City (19,265), Washington D.C. (17,499) and Dallas (14,916) had more tech jobs on offer than L.A.


That doesn’t mean Los Angeles outpaces all of Silicon Valley as far as new tech jobs, however. San Jose ranked 10th on the list with 8,498 job postings; when combined with San Francisco, that would take the Bay Area’s total tech job postings to north of 20,000, without accounting for other Silicon Valley suburbs.

L.A.’s tech job openings were led by employers like health insurer Anthem Blue Cross (340 postings), consulting firm Deloitte (219), aerospace giant Boeing (206), defense contractor Raytheon (157) and ecommerce giant Amazon (154), per CompTIA data. Software developers and quality assurance testers accounted for the largest chunk of all postings, with 4,013 positions.

The region’s robust tech job market is part of a strong tech hiring economy nationally, and a resurgent U.S. job market overall. Tech companies added 24,300 workers in January—the 14th-consecutive month of tech industry employment growth—while IT occupations throughout the entire economy grew by 178,000, according to CompTIA. On Friday, the U.S Department of Labor reported that the U.S. economy added a total of 467,000 jobs last month, with the unemployment rate standing at 4%.

“By all accounts this was an exceptionally strong start to the year for tech employment,” CompTIA Chief Research Officer Tim Herbert said in a statement.

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