Employment by Sector

  1. Employment by Year
  2. Employment by Industry

Data Table

Explanation

In 2020, Thurston County's total employment decreased by over 6,000 jobs (4.0%) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 was the first time since 2011 that employment fell.

The largest industry – Government and government services – employs 27% of all the workers in Thurston County; the 5 largest industries combined employ 61% of all workers in Thurston County.

Between 2019 and 2020, the following employment sectors were the only ones to see a percent increase in the number of jobs:

  • Management of companies and enterprises (6.8%)
  • Finance and insurance (2.0%)
  • Wholesale trade (1.6%)
  • Farm Employment; Forestry, fishing, and related activities (1.4%)

The following employment sectors saw the greatest percent job losses during the same period:

  • Arts, entertainment, & recreation (-23.6%)
  • Information (-19.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (-17.0%)
  • Mining (-11.1%)
  • Administrative and waste services (-10.8%)

Source

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; Employment Security Department