Posted by: Audrey Erbes | February 8, 2011

2011 Report Speaks to CA Biomedical Employment Status

In past blogs this year I have been saying that employment opportunities are improving relative to losses suffered in the deep recession started in Sept. 2008. This was based on impressions and reports from recruiters but I’ve also been alerting you about trends that have dampened the recovery. Now there’s a comprehensive report just released this month by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the California Healthcare Institute and, for the first time, BayBio entitled the California Biomedical Industry 2011 with some hard data and solid reporting on the subject.
The report  addresses many of the concerns about the recovery of our state’s biomedical industry during the past two years as well as the future and challenges that California faces. It isn’t a surprise to us that in 2009 biomedical employment declined in California by nearly 6,000 jobs with medical devices taking the stronger hit vs. biopharmaceuticals. But note that the cumulative growth between 2005 and 2009 remained positive when the biomedical industry added nearly 12,000 jobs in California.
Unfortunately, despite being released in early 2011, the data is based on that for 2009 so 2010 and the current period are not covered. The report notes cautious optimism but with concerns about  factors that need to be addressed to assure the return to healthy growth.
You can download a copy of the report on the home page of the website as well as related reports on this topic.You can find a chart from CHI/PWC report showing the employment growth figures for the biomedical sectors for 2009 vs. 2008  as well as the 2009 distribution of biomedical jobs based on Labor Department statistics provided in the same report  and in a chartpak provide at the PWC website. There’s a nice simple summary of highlights on the CHI home page as well.
I’ve linked  the Jobs That Crossed my Desk for the past three weeks through Feb. 8, 2011 once again.  Right click on highlighted title and open in a new window. This list includes BayArea, California and other Biomedical Cluster area  jobs.

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