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Washington and U.S. wage and salary employment

Wage & salary employment

Year Washington U.S.
2016 3,399,917 149,167,000
2015 3,313,202 146,923,000
2014 3,230,949 144,038,000
2013 3,145,701 141,225,000
2012 3,075,361 138,942,000
2011 2,985,535 136,342,000
2010 2,951,807 134,772,000
2009 3,000,623 136,100,000
2008 3,138,397 142,279,000
2007 3,110,134 142,762,000
2006 3,033,653 141,163,000
2005 2,943,766 138,780,000
2004 2,874,588 136,776,000
2003 2,828,803 135,187,000
2002 2,821,759 135,495,000
2001 2,857,533 136,461,000
2000 2,869,416 136,717,000
1999 2,807,965 133,853,000
1998 2,746,186 131,040,000
1997 2,712,708 128,681,000
1996 2,614,355 125,711,000

1980-2016

Data

From 1980 through 2001:

  • Wage and salary employment in Washington grew a total of 64.3 percent compared to 41.8 percent nationwide.
  • Manufacturing jobs in Washington grew by 10.2 percent, while declining by 13.2 percent nationwide.
  • Over 480,000 service jobs alone were added to Washington's labor market, many of these in business services and health care establishments.

From 2001 through 2016:

  • From 2001 through 2007 wage and salary employment grew 8.7 percent in Washington, outpacing the nation's job growth of 4.5 percent.
  • From 2007 through 2010 non-farm payrolls in Washington and nationwide fell by 5.9 percent and 5.6 percent respectively.
  • Even with the "great" recession, employment in Washington still managed to grow 19.0 percent between 2001 and 2016 while the nation's employment grew by 9.3 percent.

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Last modified: January 29, 2019
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