Employment by Sector

  1. Employment by Year
  2. Employment by Industry
SourceU.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; Employment Security Department
Data TableEmployment by Sector
ExplanationIn 2017, Thurston County employment (full- and part-time) totaled 148,735* jobs. This marks the sixth consecutive year of overall job growth since the Great Recession in the mid-2000s.

The largest industry – Government and government services – employs over 26% of all the workers in Thurston County; the 5 largest industries employ over 58% of all workers in Thurston County.

Between 2016 and 2017 the following employment sectors saw the greatest increase in the number of jobs:
  • Construction (875)
  • Health care and social assistance (719)
  • Government and government enterprises (627)
  • Retail trade (355)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (292)
The following employment sectors saw job losses during the same period:
  • Wholesale trade (-893)
  • Administrative and waste services (-552)

*2017 employment numbers were not available for the mining and information industries.

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