Employment by Sector

  1. Percent of Total Employment
  2. Change in Employment
Economic Sector 2012 2013 
Farm, Forestry, fishing, and related activities 2.2% 2.2%
Mining 0.1% 0.1%
Utilities 0.1% 0.1%
Construction 4.0% 4.2%
Manufacturing 2.5% 3.0%
Wholesale trade 2.7% 2.7%
Retail trade 11.4% 11.1%
Transportation and warehousing 1.8% 2.1%
Information 1.0% 0.9%
Finance and insurance 3.6% 3.4%
Real estate and rental and leasing 4.3% 3.9%
Professional, scientific, and technical services 5.3% 5.3%
Management of companies and enterprises 0.6% 0.6%
Administrative and waste services 4.9% 5.1%
Educational services 2.2% 2.3%
Health care and social assistance 10.9% 11.7%
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 2.0% 2.1%
Accommodation and food services 6.3% 6.3%
Other services, except public administration 6.0% 5.9%
Government and government enterprises 28.0% 27.1%
Total Employment 100.0% 100.0%

Source U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; Employment Security Department
Data Table 6-03: Employment by Sector (2001-present)
Explanation In 2013, total employment in Thurston County was 133,739 jobs. This number was up from the number of jobs in 2012, though down from the peak in 2008 (134,580).

Between 2012 and 2013, the sector with the largest job growth was Health care and social assistance, followed by Manufacturing. Real estate, rental and leasing saw the greatest loss.
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