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 industries with more than 2,000 covered employees 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.