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 2018, Thurston County employment (full- and part-time) totaled 154,519 jobs. This marks the seventh consecutive year of overall job growth since the Great Recession in the mid-2000s.

The largest industry – Government and government services – employs 26% of all the workers in Thurston County; the 5 largest industries employ over 60% of all workers in Thurston County.

Between 2017 and 2018, the following employment sectors saw the greatest increase in the number of jobs:
  • Construction (833)
  • Health care and social assistance (651)
  • Administrative and wast services (432)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (431)
  • Government and government enterprises (371)
The following employment sectors saw job losses during the same period:
  • Manufacturing (-353)
  • Wholesale trade (-40)
  • Educational Services (-6)
  • Utilities (-5)
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