Los Angeles County entertainment jobs down 7% from 2007

A crew for Screen Gems' film "About Last Night" works on a night exterior set on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.
A crew for Screen Gems’ film “About Last Night” works on a night exterior set on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.
(Matt Kennedy / Screen Gems Productions)

The entertainment industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 9,000 jobs since 2007.

The data comes from a report by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. that measures the scope of California’s entire “creative economy,” which includes industries such as architecture, digital media and fashion along with entertainment.

Creative industries contributed $273 billion to the California economy, accounting for nearly 8% of the gross state product in 2012.

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In Los Angeles County, entertainment alone accounted for 132,900 jobs in 2012, down nearly 6.6% over the previous five years.

Within the industry, movie and video production -- which accounts for the bulk of entertainment employment -- posted the biggest decline, down by 7,800 jobs, or 7.2%, since 2007.

Some of the reduction is because of the big recession during the time period, along with the impact of other states offering tax breaks to film companies.

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But three areas represented bright spots in the same period. Post-production services added 530 positions, while radio stations grew by 350 jobs and television broadcasting boasted an added 1,700 jobs.

However, cable broadcasting, motion picture distribution and sound recording all fell over the five-year window.

The report was more upbeat about the next few years. Direct employment by the entertainment industry in the county is expected to grow by about 3% through 2017.



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