The creative community, including software, content and computing industries, accounted for 5.1 million U.S. jobs in 2010 according to a Commerce Department report released today. The Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus report was initiated as a key component of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator's plan to better understand the role intellectual property (IP) plays in the U.S. Economy.
Industries that rely heavily on patents, trademarks and copyrights have a significant impact on the economy and have a ripple employment effect to other industries not directly focused on IP. The report cited an employment increase of 46.3% among copyright-intensive industries between 1990 and 2011. Copyright-intensive industries also employ the most educated workers among the IP industries, with 61% of employees holding at least a college degree. The report also found that copyright-intensive industries boast the highest share of self-employed workers with 800,000 self-employed individuals working in copyright related jobs.