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 2019, Thurston County employment (full- and part-time) totaled 157,297 jobs. This marks the eighth 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 60% of all workers in Thurston County.

Between 2018 and 2019, the following employment sectors saw the greatest increase in the number of jobs:
  • Construction (352)
  • Transportation and Warehousing (431)
  • Administrative and Waste Services (359)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (467)
  • Government and Government Enterprises (371)
The following employment sectors saw job losses during the same period:
  • Mining (-28)
  • Manufacturing (-55)
  • Wholesale Trade (-67)
  • Retail Trade (-134)
  • Educational Services (-261)
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