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 2015, total employment in Thurston County was 140,775 jobs. This marks the fourth 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 2014 - 2015 the following five sectors recorded the greatest increase in jobs:
  • Government and government services (788)
  • Retail trade (436)
  • Administrative and Waste Services (390)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (387)
  • Other services, except public admin" (385)
Two industries posted negative job growth:
  • Education services (-25)
  • Finance and Insurance (-8)
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