Washington Employment Data by County

County with the Most Businesses: King County Washington, 86,931
County with the Most Employees: King County Washington, 1,187,306
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: King County Washington, $1,597
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Ferry County Washington, 15.2%



Adams County Washington

Total Businesses7820.3% of state total
Total Employment6,4440.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$72556.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Agriculture and forestry21627.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Agriculture and forestry2,44337.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled17121.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places3295.1% of county employees



Asotin County Washington

Total Businesses5970.2% of state total
Total Employment5,1290.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$72556.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare16828.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade1,07020.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled12220.4% of county businesses
Most Employees General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters56911.1% of county employees



Benton County Washington

Total Businesses5,6702.3% of state total
Total Employment74,3042.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,00378.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare1,55627.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare11,29415.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled1,06618.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places6,1278.2% of county employees



Chelan County Washington

Total Businesses3,3031.4% of state total
Total Employment36,9671.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$69954.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Agriculture and forestry53216.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare6,14016.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming47514.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming6,13216.6% of county employees



Clallam County Washington

Total Businesses2,2830.9% of state total
Total Employment15,3170.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$62348.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare51622.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade3,35521.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled31313.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,86212.2% of county employees



Clark County Washington

Total Businesses14,6146.0% of state total
Total Employment129,8394.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$95274.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare3,91726.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare23,71018.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled2,85019.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places11,1788.6% of county employees



Columbia County Washington

Total Businesses2040.1% of state total
Total Employment7590.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$67552.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare4622.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Construction9011.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled3919.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Wheat farming8010.5% of county employees



Cowlitz County Washington

Total Businesses2,9201.2% of state total
Total Employment32,5881.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$91471.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare84729.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare6,31919.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled64021.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places2,7598.5% of county employees



Douglas County Washington

Total Businesses1,1760.5% of state total
Total Employment10,3780.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$63149.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Agriculture and forestry26422.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Agriculture and forestry3,23831.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming17915.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming2,66525.7% of county employees



Ferry County Washington

Total Businesses2280.1% of state total
Total Employment8710.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$64950.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate15.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare7030.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade13415.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled6227.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Supermarkets and other grocery stores546.2% of county employees



Franklin County Washington

Total Businesses2,5941.1% of state total
Total Employment27,6001.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$71956.1% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate9.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare81131.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Agriculture and forestry6,84324.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled70327.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Frozen food manufacturing2,1867.9% of county employees



Grant County Washington

Total Businesses3,1061.3% of state total
Total Employment30,9621.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$69754.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate9.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare86327.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing4,87315.7% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled71523.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming5,58718.0% of county employees



Grays Harbor County Washington

Total Businesses2,2700.9% of state total
Total Employment16,2910.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$70955.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare76633.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare2,90817.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled61427.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,64010.1% of county employees



Island County Washington

Total Businesses1,9590.8% of state total
Total Employment11,7850.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$65250.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare38019.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade2,14018.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled23512.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,70114.4% of county employees



Jefferson County Washington

Total Businesses1,0620.4% of state total
Total Employment6,1870.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$63549.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare17016.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade1,01816.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled10910.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places67510.9% of county employees



King County Washington

Total Businesses86,93135.6% of state total
Total Employment1,187,30642.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,597124.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate3.5%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare17,30919.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade149,77212.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled11,04712.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places84,4917.1% of county employees



Kitsap County Washington

Total Businesses6,5712.7% of state total
Total Employment55,0742.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$77160.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare1,44522.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare12,04521.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled90113.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places6,95012.6% of county employees



Kittitas County Washington

Total Businesses1,3580.6% of state total
Total Employment10,9160.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$64050.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction20615.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Accommodation and food services2,62424.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places1057.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,74616.0% of county employees



Klickitat County Washington

Total Businesses7000.3% of state total
Total Employment5,5470.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$98677.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare12718.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing1,57628.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled9914.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming4488.1% of county employees



Lewis County Washington

Total Businesses2,2780.9% of state total
Total Employment20,5790.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$76059.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare57925.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade3,83918.7% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled42718.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places2,0309.9% of county employees



Lincoln County Washington

Total Businesses4730.2% of state total
Total Employment1,5800.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$65250.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Agriculture and forestry20743.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Wholesale trade28618.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Wheat farming12125.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Farm supplies merchant wholesalers1529.6% of county employees



Mason County Washington

Total Businesses1,2730.5% of state total
Total Employment8,3540.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$64350.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare29723.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade1,82121.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled22517.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places7779.3% of county employees



Okanogan County Washington

Total Businesses1,7460.7% of state total
Total Employment12,6930.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$53741.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate9.5%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare42924.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Agriculture and forestry5,34842.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled32518.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming3,60428.4% of county employees



Pacific County Washington

Total Businesses7550.3% of state total
Total Employment4,5780.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$58946.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare18824.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Accommodation and food services87019.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled15620.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Seafood product preparation and packaging51911.3% of county employees



Pend Oreille County Washington

Total Businesses3460.1% of state total
Total Employment1,5320.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$86367.4% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate9.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare12335.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade22914.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled10831.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Logging352.3% of county employees



Pierce County Washington

Total Businesses21,7838.9% of state total
Total Employment244,5988.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$89770.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare5,91027.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare46,26518.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled4,15719.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places23,1659.5% of county employees



San Juan County Washington

Total Businesses9460.4% of state total
Total Employment5,0590.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$62748.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction20521.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Accommodation and food services1,35426.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Residential building construction9610.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places58211.5% of county employees



Skagit County Washington

Total Businesses3,9271.6% of state total
Total Employment39,4551.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$85867.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare72818.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade7,05217.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled45211.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places3,7359.5% of county employees



Skamania County Washington

Total Businesses2350.1% of state total
Total Employment1,4900.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$57544.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare6326.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Accommodation and food services55137.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled4920.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places966.4% of county employees



Snohomish County Washington

Total Businesses20,6988.5% of state total
Total Employment244,3588.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,12687.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare4,38721.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing58,73924.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled2,77313.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Aerospace product and parts manufacturing39,21616.0% of county employees



Spokane County Washington

Total Businesses15,4956.4% of state total
Total Employment183,5976.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$86567.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare3,93025.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare40,86322.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled2,59716.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places14,7928.1% of county employees



Stevens County Washington

Total Businesses1,1040.5% of state total
Total Employment7,6130.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$68953.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate8.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare32029.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare1,83524.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled24522.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places4886.4% of county employees



Thurston County Washington

Total Businesses8,1573.3% of state total
Total Employment75,3482.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$83665.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.5%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare1,68120.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare14,57219.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled95011.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places7,3539.8% of county employees



Wahkiakum County Washington

Total Businesses1030.0% of state total
Total Employment4400.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$68053.1% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.5%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare1514.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Agriculture and forestry14031.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled1211.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Support activities for forestry398.9% of county employees



Walla Walla County Washington

Total Businesses2,0530.8% of state total
Total Employment21,7510.8% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$77360.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate6.0%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare58128.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare4,36820.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled45922.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming2,69212.4% of county employees



Whatcom County Washington

Total Businesses7,1832.9% of state total
Total Employment74,9342.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$83965.5% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare1,30018.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare11,62715.5% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled78610.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places6,5418.7% of county employees



Whitman County Washington

Total Businesses1,1650.5% of state total
Total Employment10,5160.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$76559.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Agriculture and forestry26622.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Manufacturing2,76226.3% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Wheat farming15012.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,25211.9% of county employees



Yakima County Washington

Total Businesses7,6133.1% of state total
Total Employment95,7063.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$70455.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate9.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare2,37031.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Agriculture and forestry30,21331.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled1,89724.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Noncitrus fruit and tree nut farming13,46014.1% of county employees






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