L.A. region’s ‘creative economy’ produced 457,400 jobs in 2016, driven by Hollywood rebound

The creative economy of the Los Angeles region saw significant job growth between 2011 and 2016, with statewide creative employment now exceeding the pre-recession highs observed more than 10 years ago, according to a new study.

The annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy, which was released Tuesday, noted that direct employment in the Los Angeles region rose by 21,800 jobs to 457,400 during the five-year period.

In addition to individuals employed directly by a company, there were 179,200 freelance persons working in the creative industries of the region earning $8.5 billion in 2015, the latest year for which freelance information was available.

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