Military branches employ a significant number of Thurston County residents. The majority of these jobs occur at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The base employs nearly 38,000 military personnel and 15,000 civilians, making it one of the largest employers in Washington.
For the 2017-2021 time period, an average of about 5,275 active-duty military personnel lived in Thurston County - more than double the number in 2000.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, U.S. Census Bureau