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Old 12-16-2011, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I am afraid it is not a pretty picture (overall).

As of Oct 2011, LA County had an "official" unemployment rate of 11.9% (state of CA: 11.2%).

Here's a link to the LA County Econ. Development Corp.'s mid-year forecast (July 2011)

http://www.laedc.org/reports/11_12MidYearForecast.pdf

Looking into next year they predict the few sectors in LA County with a POSITIVE outlook are:

1. Motion Picutres/T.V.
2. Tourism/Hospitality (mostly low wage jobs)
3. International Trade
4. Heath Care sector

The county LOST jobs for 3 years in a row: 2008, 2009, and 2010. At least this year (2011) we are on track to have gained some jobs (but only a drop in the bucket in a county with 10 million residents).
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:31 AM
 
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Depends on the industry, tech and accounting is booming, but they weren't all that badly affected in the first place. Other industries are hit or miss.
No, tech is not "booming" -- at least in programming it's not.
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:32 AM
 
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Working in IT I've found this to be true. There are plenty of tech jobs to be found in Los Angeles.
Really? Where? Are they hiring C++ programmers?
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:27 AM
 
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Speaking of IT, how's the job market for healthcare IT and computer systems analysts in LA?
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Yes in development there are tons of jobs, they are hiring programmers left and right. I am a programmer, I just took a job in Los Angeles four months ago. I had to recently remove my resume from all internet sources because I was getting phone calls for jobs at least every other day. I'm not from Los Angeles, I just moved to SoCal last January so no one here knows me personally.

When I moved out here I had a job secured two months before I moved out here, and I did it by making sure every company that could possibly hire a programmer, had a copy of my resume. This has paid off, because I have been getting a steady stream of calls ever since I moved here one which led to a much better paying job than my first.

Statistically speaking, there is a tech boom going on right now. Los Angeles is hiring tech workers like crazy and this includes programmers. There has been article after article about this, they are calling the area over in Venice where Google just opened up a new GooglePlex "Silicon Beach". Trust me there are plenty of jobs to be had in tech and the same is true for accounting, I have a friend that moved out here with me and he found an accounting job immediately.

You have to be able to interview well and you have to bring more to the table than good programming skills. Good luck on your hunt.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:07 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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We all know the main reason for the unemployment is due to the construction industry that tanked with the reals state.. In 08

Other industries are doing as they were
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