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The Greater Los Angeles and Orange County market jumped eight spots to No. 9 nationally on CBRE Group Inc.’s annual Scoring Tech Talent report.

Overall, the market saw an 18.6% increase in tech jobs from 2015 to 2020.

The combined area had 61,261 tech graduates from 2016 to 2020 and 35,870 new tech jobs. As a result, 25,391 recent tech graduates found work in other areas, according to CBRE.

The average wage in the L.A./O.C. area for a software developer was $113,528 annually, the seventh highest rate in the country. The area produces the second highest number of tech graduates in North America.

Nationally, CBRE found that tech jobs grew 0.8% in 2020 while non-tech jobs declined 5.5%.

“Without a doubt, Southern California is an increasingly popular destination for talent,” Blake Mirkin, an executive vice president at CBRE said in a statement. “The Greater L.A. and O.C. market saw a striking 31% increase in in-migration from the Bay Area in 2020 according to our latest migration report. While not all of this influx is tech-related and some of it might be temporary displacement due to the pandemic, it pretty clearly demonstrates that this region is establishing itself as (a) complementary hub to those up north.”

Experts say the media and entertainment industry in L.A. make the area a growing tech market.

“Our media and entertainment industry and the ancillary businesses – which all got another boost due to record demand for streaming content – are continuing to expand. Add to that fact that L.A. and the surrounding region are still a value alternative for workers and employers and a short flight to the Bay Area. So, for tech talent, SoCal has cemented its place on the shortlist,” Richard Ratner, a senior vice president at CBRE, said in a statement.

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