Advanced Industries in the U.S.

Advanced Industries is a sector that comprises "50 industries ranging from manufacturing industries such as automaking and aerospace to energy industries such as oil and gas extraction to high-tech services such as computer software and computer system design, including for health applications."[1]

Brookings published a 2015 report assessing the latest status of this industry in the U.S. An industry whose 2013 economic output was almost $3 trillion. About 200% more than 1980. We visualized their data in this Silk, adding some of our own calculations.

Top 20 largest metro areas for Advanced Industries employment numbers

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The New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area has the biggest number of AI employees. More than 630,000 in 2013.  The area also has the highest output: $152.6 billion in 2013. It's followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach- Anaheim for Output value, and by Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (TX) for employment numbers.

AI Output 2013 (2005 Dollars) and AI Employment 2013

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The New York Area is a big economic hub in general. But the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area clearly distances itself for the impact of Advance Industries on its economy. Here, in 2013, Advanced Industries contributed to 30% of the total employement, and to 47% of its total output. The Stockton-Lodi area is only about 100 miles from San Jose. Yet it at the opposite side of the spectrum. It has the lowest AI share of total output and one of the lowest percentage of AI employment numbers.

AI Share of Total Employment (2013) and AI Share of Total Output 2013 (2005 Dollars)

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The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area is also the most competitive in terms of salaries. Here the annual average for AI employees is over $183,000. That's about $26,000 more than the neighbouring San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward.

Top 20 Metro Areas for Annual Average AI Wages, 2013 (2013 Dollars)

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Yet, in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area, the average annual AI wage is "only" 81% more than the overall wage for the area. In other cities - like Bakersfield (CA), Colorado Springs, Oxnart-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, and Richmond - AI employees earn more than double the average annual wage! In none of the largest metro areas do AI employees earn less than 38% more the average salay.

Metro Areas Wage Details

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San Jose might be a big AI hub, but Advanced Industries in many other cities have been growing at a much higher rate since 1980. Between 1980 and 2013 the number of AI employees in Austin-Round Rock (TX) saw a 321% increase. In Boise City, AI employment gre by 263%. But the most spectacular growth has been in the economic output value of the industry. In the mentione Austin-Round Rock, it grew by 2125%! It was $1 trillion in 1980 and became almost $25 trillions in 2013. (All values are adjusted to 2005 dollars). Only Rochester (NY) and Younstown-Warren-Boardman (OH-PA) the industry decreased slighlty its output value since 1980.

1980-2013 AI Growth

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In most states, the biggest part of AI employees is in Services. IN the D.C. area, this percenage is actually up to 98%. The smallest percentage of AI employees is usually in the energy sector, although there are exceptions. But Alaska and Wyoming are the only states where the energy sector accounts for more than a third of the total AI employment.

Breakdown of AI Employment by state

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Michigan is also the state where AI has the highest share of total employment. Califronia comes only 7th.

Advanced Indutries in U.S. States

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Architectural, Engineering and Relates Services is among the top three largest AI sectors in 80 out of the 100 biggest metro areas. Computer Systems Design and Related Services follows, with a presence in 68% of the areas.

The Largest AI Sectors

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