To accomplish our mission to prepare and promote a skilled and adaptive workforce for a thriving economy, Workforce Southwest Washington gains insight and understanding of local workforce needs through innovative research. Following are various plans and reports that have resulted from our deep dives into local needs.

Local Workforce Plan

Strategic Plan

Youth Programs


Industry Workforce Plans

Targeted Industry Regional Sector Reports

Other Regional Reports

A report released by the three Workforce Development Boards that serve the SW Washington-Portland metropolitan area finds more than 30,000 young people ages 16 to 24 are not in school and not employed. Referred to as Opportunity Youth, these young people represent an important workforce resource for the economy in our six-county area (Clackamas, Clark, Cowlitz, Multnomah, Wahkiakum and Washington).


Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) uses our partnerships with local labor market analysts, economic development agencies, industry panels and “real-time” labor information tools such as Jobs EQ to determine the employment, wage, demographic data, and occupational projections to forecast, adjust and predict workforce and economic changes in our area.

We use information gained from all sources to compare target industry positions to training available in the community and compare those against local employer demand to determine training and outcome targets. Projected outcomes are then shared with service providers, colleges and workforce development partners.

Workforce-Related Information

Demographics and Household Profiles

Public School Statistics

Workforce Soutwest Washington logo