Military Employment

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Source U.S. Bureau of the Census
Data Table Military Employment
Explanation Military branches employ a significant and growing number of Thurston County residents. The majority of these jobs occur at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The base is one of the top 5 employers in Washington in recent years (ahead of Microsoft, but behind Boeing), and employs more than 70,000 individuals.

Between 2011 and 2015, an average of about 4,000 resident active-duty military personnel lived in Thurston County, an increase from 1,979 people in 2000.

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