Number of high-tech Jobs:
Qualcomm, AT&T, Sempra Energy
This year, local chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM
) is weighing options for its mobile video business—one being a shut-down, the company said. That news came a few months after Roseville (Calif.)-based telco SureWest Communications (SURW
) said it would cut 7 percent of its workforce. In 2009, San Diego area tech companies actually added some jobs in research and development and testing, but overall employment was flat, year-over-year, because area companies cut staff in telecommunications services and computer systems design and related services. The area's average high-tech worker made double the average wage in the private sector.