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Tech and the North American office market

CBRE recently published this report looking at the impact of the “high-tech software/services industry” on the North American office market. 

Here are a few highlights:

– Since 2010, tech has created ~1.1 million jobs in the US at an annual growth rate that is 3x the national average.

– Seattle currently has the fastest tech job growth in North America. This is the first time in 7 years that San Francisco hasn’t been at the top of their list.

– Silicon Valley, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles all added more than 10,000 tech jobs from 2016 to 2017.

– The biggest “momentum markets”, relying on 2016 and 2017 data, are Montreal, St. Louis, and Seattle.

– Over the past two years (Q2-2016 to Q2-2018), Atlanta, Los Angeles, Orange County, Seattle, and Portland have all seen double-digit rent growth.

One figure that also stood out for me was this one here showing the relationship between US venture capital investment and the average asking rent for office space in San Francisco.

If you’d like to download the full report, click here. You’ll need to sign up for an account with CBRE, but it’s free to do that.

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