Region's film, TV industry lost 16,100 jobs in 7 years, study finds

The film and television industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 16,000 jobs since 2004, mostly due to work migrating out of state, a new report revealed.

Last year, the entertainment business generated 102,100 jobs in the county, down 14% from its peak of 118,200 jobs in 2004, according to a study released Friday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

During the same period, L.A.'s share of overall jobs in the motion picture and video category fell to 51% from 60%. (The figures exclude employment in the music and post-production industries.)

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Where did the jobs go? The LAEDC says much of it went to other states offering film incentives and tax breaks to the industry.

During the same 2004-2011 period, New York added 14,100 jobs while Georgia saw an increase of nearly 800 jobs. Louisiana added more than  2,200 jobs since implementing its pioneering film tax credit in 2002.

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-- Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times

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