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The mayor for geeks

Mike Stetz, OUR CITY SAN DIEGO

Monday, April 25, 2016

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“For every one of those jobs, you can count on another two or three more jobs that are depending on the spending and the dollars that it brings into the region,” National University economist Kelly Cunningham told KUSI-TV at the time.

Indeed, Cunningham did a study that showed the tech sector helped lead San Diego out of the recession. It led all sectors in job growth. It’s now responsible for 12 percent of San Diego’s gross domestic product. Sure, tourism is a major player, but most tourism-related jobs don’t pay enough for workers to afford San Diego’s housing costs. Tech sector jobs average $114,000 annually.