Industry Breakdowns

A detailed look at San Diego County's top industry segments, broken down by community, employees and more. County Breakdown

Biotech & Technology
San Diego ranks third on the list of top life sciences clusters in the United States, but the industry saw volatility in the first half of the year, with stocks that surged and then slumped. The first half of 2014 in the San Diego tech scene was filled with some welcome financial news and a call to arms for the startup community.
Education
Past corruption in some South County school districts was a continued focus through early 2014, but news with tie-ins to state budgeting for schools also made headlines.
Hospitality/Retail
There have been major shifts in San Diego's hospitality industry in the first half of 2014, with new ownership stakes in where to dine, vacation and celebrate. Controversy over one of the city's biggest visitor attractions and plans for the Balboa Park centennial also dominated headlines.
Construction
San Diego's construction industry seems to be making a shift from residential to nonresidential as statistics suggest improvement in commercial and public projects. There is also future growth in the South Bay: Developers for project centerpieces are needed for the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.
Finance
San Diego continues a steady recovery that has, in many aspects, beat expectations. Unemployment is down and household net worth is up. The IPO market is strong, retail sales are on the rise and bank performance has improved, paving the way for greater small-business lending. Still, many experts agree that the economy, housing markets and labor situation remain fragile.
Defense
Military needs are being reshaped as the U.S. armed forces undergo a period of transition amid a fiscally constrained environment. Industry partners have been asked to be adaptive and innovative in fulfilling escalating needs for reconnaissance and surveillance systems, unmanned vehicles and cybersecurity solutions -- for less money.
Health
In the first half of the year, Obamacare and the VA hospital scandal dominated national news. In San Diego, health care facility construction continued to be an area of high activity, and there was news of shake-ups at two health groups and new regulations pertaining to medical marijuana.
Real Estate
Home prices continued an upward trend in the first half of 2014 while the number of foreclosures declined from 2013 and the mortgage market returned to a majority purchase market. Some big commercial property sales occurred and Mission Valley still has room to grow.

The San Diego Source -- located at sddt.com and celebrating its 20th anniversary -- provides expanded and updated data on the businesses listed in print including our latest news stories about them and any video reports done by our reporters. There are many more categories of companies online, as well as more companies in each category. In addition, it includes key representatives of many industries not listed in the print edition. Perhaps most importantly, each online list is downloadable in spreadsheet format, providing valuable research and sales leads in useable form to our subscribers.


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