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Washington and U.S. wage & salary manufacturing employment

Manufacturing wage & salary employment

Year Washington U.S.
2016 289,794 12,341,000
2015 291,170 12,329,000
2014 288,641 12,189,000
2013 286,551 12,021,000
2012 280,497 11,942,000
2011 269,066 11,739,000
2010 258,156 11,523,000
2009 265,911 11,851,000
2008 291,051 13,418,000
2007 293,260 13,880,000
2006 285,718 14,159,000
2005 271,822 14,232,000
2004 264,182 14,313,000
2003 267,307 14,513,000
2002 286,033 15,275,000
2001 317,459 16,462,000
2000 334,171 17,296,000
1999 346,403 17,378,000
1998 361,727 17,606,000
1997 352,852 17,439,000
1996 327,672 17,261,000

1980-2016

Manufacturing Wage & Salary Employment in Wasington and the U.S. from 1980 to 2009

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  • The sharp drop in Washington manufacturing employment from 1998 to 2004 was due primarily to a loss of over 50,000 jobs in the aerospace sector; since then the sector has added over 23,000 jobs.
  • Over the last ten years, employment in manufacturing has dropped an average of 1.4 percent per year nationally. The reasons for the loss are two-fold -- productivity gains have allowed fewer workers produce more goods, and the relocation or contracting for manufacturing work overseas.

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Last modified: January 29, 2019
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