The table below shows how jobs in the county are distributed across different industries. This information helps us understand how the local economy is structured.
Since 2001, employment by industry data have been reported using a new classification system, the North American Industrial Classification System, or NAICS.
NAICS reflects the many changes that have taken place in the economy, such as growth and change within the service industries.
Prior to 2001, employment by industry data were reported by the Standard Industrial Classification System, or SIC. To view these numbers for 1980-2000, please click here. Note that data from the two classification systems cannot be directly compared. For example, even though both systems include categories titled manufacturing, the industries included within each category are different. To learn more about the differences between the two classification systems go to the U.S. Census Bureau’s NAICS website.
In 2012, the four US industries with the largest shares of employment were Government (13.4%), Health care and social assistance (11.1%), Retail trade (10.1%), and Accomodation and food services (7.1%).
In Washington, in 2012 . . .
- Government accounted for 16.1 percent of employment;
- Health care and social assistance accounted for 10.1 percent of employment;
- Retail trade accounted for 10.2 percent of employment; and
- Accomodation and food services accounted for 6.5 percent of employment.