Employment by Sector

  1. Employment by Year
  2. Employment by Industry
SourceU.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; Employment Security Department
Data TableEmployment by Sector (2001-present)
ExplanationIn 2016, total employment in Thurston County was 145,621 jobs. This marks the fifth consecutive year of overall job growth since the Great Recession in the mid-2000s.

The largest industry – Government and government services – employs over 25% of all the workers in Thurston County; the 5 largest industries employ over 60% of all workers in Thurston County.

Between 2015 and 2016 the following five sectors recorded the greatest increase in jobs:
  • Government and government services (1,175)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (589)
  • Accommodation and Food Services (583)
  • Administrative and Waste Services (460)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (375)
Three industries posted negative job growth:
  • Finance and Insurance (-176)
  • Forestry, Fishing, and Related Activities (-41)
  • Manufacturing (-1)
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