Employment by Sector

  1. Employment by Year
  2. Employment by Industry

Data Table


In 2021, Thurston County's total employment increased by 4,900 jobs (3%). Employment was slightly higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The largest industry – Government and government services – employs 26% of all the workers in Thurston County; the 5 largest industries combined employ 60% of all workers in Thurston County.

Between 2020 and 2021, the following employment sectors saw the greatest percent increase in the number of jobs:

  • Information (16%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Administrative and waste services (6%)

The following employment sectors increased the least during the same period:

  • Farm employment (9% decrease)
  • Utilities (less than 1% increase)
  • Transportation and warehousing (less than 1% increase)


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