Orange County has the state's third largest number of high-tech employees, according to a recent survey by the American Electronics Assn.
Reviewing federal census data from 1990 through 1996, the trade group found that Orange County had nearly 80,764 people working in the high-tech manufacturing, communications services and software and computer-related service fields.
As of 1996, the leading city was San Jose with 221,331 employees. Los Angeles ranked second with 147,455 high-tech workers.
At the time, Orange County's average high-tech wages, $49,234, were above the area's average private-sector salary of $31,766. But the wage was below the statewide average of $57,971 for such technical work.
P.J. Huffstutter covers high technology for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7830 and at email@example.com.