Average wages for covered employment in Thurston County have increased steadily over the past decade. Since 2002, average covered employment wages, when adjusted for inflation, have increased by about $3,600.
Most larger industries have had a similar gain since 2002 in annual real wages.
“Covered employment” measures all employed persons covered under the Unemployment Insurance Act. The measure accounts for approximately 75% of the total employment in Thurston County, and includes both part-time and temporary positions. Job categories not measured in the count include self-employed workers, proprietors, CEOs, military, and other non-insured workers. If a worker holds more than one job, each position is reported separately.
Sustainable Thurston Report Card
The Sustainable Thurston Report Card uses the average covered employment wages to measure how well the Thurston region is doing at increasing average wages. No targets have been established for wage increases.