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Industries with the highest concentration of employment among large areas, 2013

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.

Industries with the highest relative concentration (location quotient) among metropolitan areas with annual average employment of 750,000 or more, 2013
Area Industry Employment location quotient
relative to that of the United States

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 

Information 1.77

Austin-Round Rock, TX 

Information 1.37

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 

Federal government 1.98

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 

Information 1.51

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 

Financial activities 1.34

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 

Professional and business services 1.24

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 

Manufacturing 1.21

Cleveland-Elyria, OH 

Manufacturing 1.40

Columbus, OH 

State government 1.77

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 

Professional and business services 1.15

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 

Information 1.71

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 

Manufacturing 1.41

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 

Natural resources and mining 2.65

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 

Trade, transportation, and utilities 1.12

Kansas City, MO-KS 

Federal government 1.33

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 

Leisure and hospitality 3.01

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 

Information 1.97

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 

Other services 1.24

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 

Manufacturing 1.67

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 

Financial activities 1.39

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 

State government 1.39

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 

Information 1.50

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 

Leisure and hospitality 2.00

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 

Education and health services 1.37

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 

Financial activities 1.49

Pittsburgh, PA 

Education and health services 1.35

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 

Manufacturing 1.25

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 

Local government 1.45

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 

Construction 1.12

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 

Federal government 1.90

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 

Federal government 1.73

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 

Information 1.74

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 

Information 3.05

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 

Information 2.60

St. Louis, MO-IL 

Education and health services 1.17

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 

Financial activities 1.45

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 

Federal government 6.09
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL, Location quotient: Financial activities, 1.45 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL, Location quotient: Leisure and hospitality, 2.00 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL, Location quotient: Other services, 1.24 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Location quotient: Federal government, 6.09 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Location quotient: Federal government, 1.98 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, Location quotient: Education and health services, 1.37 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, Location quotient: Information, 1.50 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Location quotient: Information, 1.51 Pittsburgh, PA, Location quotient: Education and health services, 1.35 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Location quotient: Financial activities, 1.34 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Location quotient: Information, 1.77 Cleveland-Elyria, OH, Location quotient: Manufacturing, 1.40 Columbus, OH, Location quotient: State government, 1.77 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN, Location quotient: Manufacturing, 1.21 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, Location quotient: Manufacturing, 1.41 Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN, Location quotient: State government, 1.39 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Location quotient: Trade, transportation, and utilities, 1.12 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Location quotient: Professional and business services, 1.24 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Location quotient: Manufacturing, 1.67 St. Louis, MO-IL, Location quotient: Education and health services, 1.17 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Location quotient: Financial activities, 1.39 Kansas City, MO-KS, Location quotient: Federal government, 1.33 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Location quotient: Natural resources and mining, 2.65 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, Location quotient: Federal government, 1.90 Austin-Round Rock, TX, Location quotient: Information, 1.37 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Location quotient: Professional and business services, 1.15 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, Location quotient: Information, 1.71 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Location quotient: Financial activities, 1.49 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV, Location quotient: Leisure and hospitality, 3.01 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA, Location quotient: Local government, 1.45 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Location quotient: Federal government, 1.73 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Location quotient: Information, 1.97 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA, Location quotient: Information, 3.05 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, Location quotient: Information, 1.74 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA, Location quotient: Construction, 1.12 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, Location quotient: Manufacturing, 1.25 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Location quotient: Information, 2.60

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.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Industries with the highest concentration of employment among large areas, 2013 at (visited July 13, 2024).

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