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The technology boom is reflected in the sector's growing dominance in Bay Area manufacturing activity.
While Chevron Corp. leads the' region's list of manufacturers, with $44 billion in revenues last year, Palo Alto's Hewlett-Packard Co. is by far the largest employer, with 18,000 jobs here compared to Chevron's 9,300, and a strong $38 billion in revenues - up 54 percent from two years before.
High-tech companies account for 12 of the 15 largest manufacturers in the region. As a result, Santa Clara County is the manufacturing center, with 3,700 manufacturers employing 295,000 people. One of four people in the county's work force are employed in manufacturing.
High technology accounts for 75 percent of Santa Clara County's manufacturing jobs, according to …