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Washington and U.S. wage and salary employment

Wage & salary employment

Year Washington U.S.
2017 3,523,477 151,825,000
2016 3,448,656 149,904,000
2015 3,361,935 147,635,000
2014 3,281,417 144,722,000
2013 3,196,913 141,932,000
2012 3,129,397 139,619,000
2011 3,028,900 136,918,000
2010 2,997,266 135,393,000
2009 3,034,437 136,242,000
2008 3,177,384 142,584,000
2007 3,143,460 143,170,000
2006 3,073,003 141,660,000
2005 2,983,095 139,341,000
2004 2,913,982 137,404,000
2003 2,875,580 135,967,000
2002 2,866,055 136,301,000
2001 2,902,109 137,334,000
2000 2,910,707 137,610,000
1999 2,854,408 134,766,000
1998 2,789,554 131,920,000
1997 2,712,708 128,681,000

1980-2017

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 2017:

  • 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 21.4 percent between 2001 and 2017 while the nation's employment grew by 10.6 percent.

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Last modified: May 28, 2019
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