Puget Sound region employment and wage growth twice iincreases | U.S. Bureau of Labor

The latest BLS news release showing county employment and wages  in the first quarter of 2013 is now available at

In King County, job growth was led by construction and three other high-paying, knowledge-based industries: Professional and Business Services (4.6%), Manufacturing (3.3%), and Financial Activities (2.7 percent).

Additional items of note:

  • Employment in all major King County industries grew during the past year; King County had higher than average wages and the highest wage growth (1.6 percent) among the 10 largest counties in the U.S.
  • With 1.175 million workers, King County is the 9th largest county in the U.S.
  • The Leisure and Hospitality sector, which includes tourism, hotels, and restaurants, grew at a solid 4.2 percent pace during the past year while having wages below the national average.


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