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In 2020, Thurston County's total employment decreased by over 6,000 jobs (4.0%) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 was the first time since 2011 that employment fell.
The largest industry – Government and government services – employs 27% of all the workers in Thurston County; the 5 largest industries combined employ 61% of all workers in Thurston County.
Between 2019 and 2020, the following employment sectors were the only ones to see a percent increase in the number of jobs:
The following employment sectors saw the greatest percent job losses during the same period:
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; Employment Security Department