Puget Sound Regional Council

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Current Total Employment 2000 2010 2014
King County     1,276,100 1,194,800 1,324,099
Kitsap County     82,200 89,100 99,175
Pierce County     278,300 315,600 337,300
Snohomish County     231,000 254,400 300,736
Region Total     1,867,500 1,853,900 2,061,310

Source: PSRC. Note: Estimates are for total employment, including uniformed military personnel.

           
Forecast Total Employment by Decade 2020 2030 2040
Region Total 2,290,588 2,492,922 2,982,827

Source: PSRC Macroeconomic Forecast. Note: Estimates are for total employment, including uniformed military personnel.

           
Covered Employment by Sector 2000 2010 2014
Construction & Resource 100,700 83,700 94,800
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate (FIRE) 100,700 89,500 91,600
Manufacturing 216,900 165,700 187,100
Retail 182,100 171,500 195,900
Services 669,700 749,000 839,400
Wholesale, Transportation & Utilities (WTU) 141,100 130,900 141,600
Government & Education 251,600 283,000 281,800
Total     1,662,900 1,673,400 1,832,400

Source: PSRC Covered Employment Estimates. Note: Covered employment refers to jobs “covered” under the state’s Unemployment Insurance program, and constitutes approximately 85-90% of total employment.

           
Cluster Employment 2000 2010 2014
Aerospace 96,557 85,600 100,284
Business Services 114,890 101,191 104,354
Clean Technology 23,138 19,169 20,214
Information Technology 103,002 125,465 154,494
Life Sciences & Global Health 22,921 24,990 24,713
Maritime 16,632 14,542 15,431
Philanthropies 1,129 2,270 2,858
Tourism 105,773 104,656 116,307
Transportation & Logistics 47,242 40,461 43,788

Source: PSRC Covered Employment Estimates, scaled to Washington State Employment Security Department totals. Note: Covered employment refers to jobs “covered” under the state’s Unemployment Insurance program and constitutes approximately 85-90% of total employment.

           
Labor Force 2000 2010 Estimate 2010
Margin of Error
2015 Estimate 2015
Margin of Error
Total population 16 years and over 2,556,228 2,955,481 +/- 3,432 3,099,917 +/- 2,896
% In labor force 69.0% 68.5% +/- 0.5% 67.6% +/- 0.4%
Civilian labor force 67.7% 67.4% +/- 0.5% 66.5% +/- 0.4%
Employed 64.3% 60.4% +/- 0.6% 61.7% +/- 0.4%
Unemployed 3.4% 7.1% +/- 0.3% 4.9% +/- 0.2%
Armed forces 1.3% 1.1% +/- 0.2% 1.1% +/- 0.1%
Not in labor force 31.0% 31.5% +/- 0.5% 32.4% +/- 0.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

           
Median Household Income     1999 2010 2015
Projected
King County     $53,200 $66,200 $81,900
Kitsap County     $46,800 $56,300 $66,100
Pierce County     $45,200 $56,500 $60,200
Snohomish County   $53,100 $63,200 $76,300

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, WA State Office of Financial Management

           
Poverty Rate 2000 2010 2010 Margin
of Error
2015 2015
Margin of Error
King County 8.4% 12.2% +/- 0.8% 9.7% +/- 0.6%
Kitsap County 8.8% 11.3% +/- 1.8% 9.6% +/- 1.1%
Pierce County 10.5% 12.0% +/- 1.2% 12.3% +/- 0.9%
Snohomish County 6.9% 9.9% +/- 1.0% 9.2% +/- 0.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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