November 20, 2014
Among the 37 U.S. metropolitan areas with annual average employment greater than 750,000 in 2013, a total of 9 areas had the highest concentration of their employment in the information industry. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California, had the highest location quotient in that industry (3.05), followed by Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington, and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California.
In 2013, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, had the highest concentration of its employment in the federal government. Other areas with the highest concentration of their employment in the federal government included Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland; San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas; San Diego-Carlsbad, California; and Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas.
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin, Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan, and Cleveland-Elyria, Ohio, were among those areas with the highest concentration of their employment in manufacturing in 2013.
In 2013, Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, were the only two areas with the highest concentration of employment in the leisure and hospitality industry.
These data are from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. Location quotients are ratios that allow an area's distribution of employment by industry to be compared to a reference or base area's distribution (in this case, the United States). A location quotient greater than 1 indicates an industry with a greater share of area employment than the United States. For example, Las Vegas had a location quotient greater than 1 in the leisure and hospitality industry because this industry made up a larger share of the Las Vegas employment total than it did for the country as a whole.