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NYC is boomtown for design jobs

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Parents may have cringed when their kids picked design school over law school, but the number of working designers in New York City skyrocketed over the last decade, giving the Big Apple more designers than any other U.S. city, according to a study.

While the city lost jobs in many fields between 2000 and 2009 — the manufacturing sector declined by about 50 percent in that time — the number of designers working in jobs such as graphic design, architecture and fashion design nearly doubled from 23,143 to 40,470 designers, according to the study published this week by the Center for an Urban Future, a think tank that looks at the city’s economic development.

“Things aren’t being made much in the city, but things are being designed here,” David Giles, the study’s author, said in an interview yesterday.

While most of the firms are in Manhattan, design companies have sprouted in Brooklyn as well, which saw a 70 percent increase in firms calling the borough home. Giles credits the trend to the availability of large office spaces, as well as Brooklyn’s increased cultural assets.

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