The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County's mission requires an understanding of current metrics and trends that shape King County's economy and workforce. This interactive State of the Workforce Report reflects the WDC's on-going commitment to innovation in understanding local workforce needs. The report profiles eight facets of community and economic data, designed to ground workforce leaders and job seekers with a common understanding of local needs and opportunities.
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Overview
Labor Force
Jobs &
Industries
Youth
Social Economic & Income
Education
Demographics & Migration
Commute
2013 Q1
King County
Jobs

Washington
Jobs

King County
New Hires

Avg. Annual
Salary
King County Location Quotients
WA Benchmark
US Benchmark
Employed By Age
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI)
2013
King County
Workforce

Washington
Workforce

King County Location Quotients
WA Benchmark
US Benchmark
Workforce By Age
Source: WA State Employment Security Department (ESD) Occupation Matrix, U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 5 Yr Dataset (2009-2013)
KING COUNTY
OVERVIEW
Population (2014)
0
King County
0
WA State
0
National
Labor Force (2014)
Unemployment
30
Avg. days open
for vacancies
GDP (2014)
$17.7t
GDP of USA (2015)
$427b (14th)
Washington GDP (2014 - 14th in US)
Jobs & Industry (2013 Q3)

Total Jobs
Commute (2013)
27 mins
Avg Commute Time
Educational
Attainment (2013)
8Universities
45Colleges & Trade
148High Schools
Race & Ethnicity (2013)
Foreign Born (2013)
20%
Foreign Born Population
Age (2013)
Household Income (2013)
Poverty &
Social Assistance (2013)
Poverty
Rate
SNAP
Public
Assistance

People Below
Poverty Level
Labor Force Participation (2014)
Employed
Unemployed
Top Occupations (2014)
Education of Unemployed (2013)
Unemployed
Top Occupations
by Openings (2014)
Top WA Vacancies (2014)
Age of Employed (2013 Q3)
GDP (2014)
$17.7t
GDP of USA (2015)
$427B (14th)
Washington GDP (2014 - 14th in US)
Insurance Coverage (2013)
64%
Employer
36%
Individual
By the Numbers (2014)
0.0%
Unemployment Rate
0
Population
$0
Per Capita Income
Jobs by County (2013)
Wages by Industry (2013)
Highest
Location Quotients (2014)
Location Quotient is a ratio between the distribution of employment by industry in a target area compared to a the distribution in a reference area (typically the U.S.). Location Quotients above 1.0 indicate a higher concentration of jobs in King County compared to the U.S., while quotients below 1.0 indicate a lower concentration of jobs in King County.
Change & Forecasts
Lowest
Location Quotients (2014)
Largest Employers (2014)
Age of Employed (2013 Q3)
Youth Population (2014)
256,311
K-12 School Pop.
115,500
College & University Pop.
Youth Unemployment (2013)
King Co.
WA State
National
Language Spoken
at Home (2013)
Disconnected Youth (2013)
-
Individuals
Youth English
Language Learner (ELL) (2013)
30,459
Individuals
Low Income Children (2013)
119,254
Families
Students of Color (2013)
147,779
Individuals
8th/10th Grade
Test Results (2013-14)
SAT Score Average (2013)
1498
WA
1497
National
Average College Costs (2014)
$10,800
Per Year
$3,000
Supplies Per Year
Poverty Rate (2013)
King Co.
WA
National

People Below Poverty Level
in King County
Population
King Co. Pop. Increased
from 2000 to 2014
Income By Race
& Ethnicity (2013)
Median
Household Income (2013)
$71,811
King County

$59,478
Washington State

$53,046
United States
Per Capita Income (2013)
$39,911
King County

$30,742
Washington State

$28,155
United States
Average Minimum Wage (2015)
$9.47
King Co.
$7.25
USA
SNAP (Food Stamps) (2013)
-
Households
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (2013)
-
Households
Public Assistance (2013)
-
Households
Women, Infant, Child
(WIC) (2014)
63,382
Individuals
Educational Attainment (2013)
Schools & Universities (2015)
588Grade Schools
148High Schools
45Colleges & Trade
8Universities
Student vs. Retired
Population (2013)

Persons
<18 yrs old

Persons
65+ yrs old
H.S. Graduation Rate (2013-2014)
King Co.
WA State
National
K-12 Student Pop. (2013-2014)
256,311 Students
14,606 Teachers
18:1
Student/Teacher
Ratio
Top Majors (2013-2014)
H.S. Graduation
Rate by Race (2013-2014)
School Lunch Program (2013-2014)
46%
of students are on free or
reduced price meal programs
Top College Student
Population (2013-2014)
FTE Students Shown
44,786UW (Seattle)
28,832Seattle College District
16,336  Seattle Central College
6,140  North Seattle College
6,356  South Seattle College
33,364Bellevue College
10,000Green River Comm. College
10,648Highline Comm. College
4,511Seattle University
5,937Shoreline Comm. College
4,217Seattle Pacific University
Unemployment by
Education (2013)
Population (2014)
-
King County
-
5-yr Change
-
5-yr National Change
Age (2013)
Race & Ethnicity (2013)
Foreign Born
Population (2013)
King Co.
WA
National
Countries of
Immigration (2013)
County Population (2013)
Avg. Commute Time (2013)
27 mins
King County
26 mins
Washington
26 mins
US
Means of Transportation (2013)
Population (2014)
2,017,250
Sound Transit Light Rail (2014)
56,404
Daily Ridership (Weekday)
18m
Annual Ridership
Fares Compared (2014)
$2.50 - $2.75
Per Ride
$13.90 - $17.30
Vehicle
$2.25 - $3.00
Per Ride
$8.00
Passenger
$2.75 - $5.25
Sounder Fares Vary by Distance
King County Metro (2014)
407,985
Daily Ridership (Weekday)
121m
Annual Ridership
WA Ferry System (2014)
61,745
Daily Ridership (Weekday)
23m
Annual Ridership (Passengers & Vehicles)
Sounder Commuter Rail (2014)
12,427
Daily Ridership (Weekday)
3.6m
Annual Ridership
By the Numbers (2014)
1stLargest passenger & automobile ferry fleet in the US
4thLargest ferry system in the world by fleet size (WA System)
8thLargest transit agency in the US
13thBusiest airport in the US is SEA-TAC
853,000
Cruise Passengers
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