Through our partnerships with labor market analysts, economic development agencies, industry and “real-time” labor information tools such as Jobs EQ, we determine the employment, wage, demographic data, and occupational projections to forecast workforce changes in our area.

We compare business skills demand against training supply and inform training and education providers, colleges and partners so that industry needs for skilled talent can be addressed, while helping individuals gain the needed skills for employment in our region’s high-growth industries.

Advancing economic mobility in Southwest Washington through job quality and training opportunities

Through investments in local companies, community organizations, economic development, and higher education, WSW builds strong partnerships to develop the economy and support business growth and recovery, provide opportunities for economic mobility and challenge systems that bar individuals from economic prosperity. Our investments match the needs of local businesses with a highly skilled and trained workforce, creating greater economic success across Southwest Washington.

In the program year 2021–2022, our investments helped to provide more than 3,000 services to job seekers and place more than 500 individuals in full-time employment at an average wage of $22.28 per hour.

In the 2021-2022 program year


services provided


job seekers served*


placed into full time unsubsidized employment**


average annual wage for participants placed in full-time jobs

$0+ mil

Invested in training & career services for job seekers.


Invested in training existing & new employees of in-demand industries.

*Represents direct program participants as well as those served for whom we do not have demographic data.

**This number represents full-time employment and does not include placements in internships, apprenticeships, part-time employment, further education, etc.

People trained for in-demand jobs

In Southwest Washington, healthcare, construction, manufacturing and technology are industries with high wages, projected growth and demand for skilled workers. WSW investments in these sectors provide quality job opportunities for individuals while meeting the high need for talent.













WSW Investments


Business Services

As the local workforce development board, WSW is best positioned to propose solutions to meet business challenges. The WSW Business Services team can refer, connect and convene system partners, including economic development, education and workforce to get companies to the right resources quickly.

Services provided in program year 2021

Envisioning a region where economic prosperity and growth exists for every person

Across the region, historically underrepresented individuals and families with low- and middle-income lack the economic opportunities critical to success. Access to quality jobs and training opportunities creates a highly skilled workforce and further opportunities to grow small businesses and create a strong Southwest Washington economy.

Through targeted investments and outreach, the Quality Jobs Initiative and workforce advocacy, we strive to create an accessible and effective workforce system exists to advance equity for individuals and to promote the community and economic development goals of the region.

Group of people


of participants served self-identified as Black, Indigenous or Person of Color

Participants by Race/Ethnicity

White 70.8%
Decline to identify 8.8%
Asian 7.1%
Black/African American 5.5%
Two or more races 4.3%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 2.2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1.3%

Participants by Education Level

High School Diploma 22.3%
Some College, No Degree 21.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 15.0%
Less than High School Diploma 11.5%
Associate Degree 10.7%
GED or High School Equivalent 10.5%
Other Post-Secondary Degree or Certificate 4.7%
Master’s Degree 3.3%
Doctorate 0.8%

Participants by Gender

Female 62.1%
Male 35.2%
Other/Decline to Identify 2.7%

Participants who identified with having a Disability

Did not identify with having a Disability 89.3%
Identified with having a Disability 10.7%

Participants by County

Southwest Washington tri-county region
Clark County 1,675
Cowlitz County 437
Wahkiakum County 5

In-demand occupations, certifications and skills

Clark County

188,445 Total Employment
(Q3 2022)

$65,005 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q3 2022)

5.3% Unemployment Rate
(January 2023)

Top Industries by Employment Q3 2022

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Healthcare & Social Assistance 29,546 $63,858
Retail Trade 20,596 $40,317
Construction 18,499 $68,906
Educational Services 17,034 $47,455
Accommodation and Food Services 14,953 $27,563
Manufacturing 14,639 $69,674

Cowlitz County

43,079 Total Employment
(Q3 2022)

$60,137 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q3 2022)

6.5% Unemployment Rate
(January 2023)

Top Industries by Employment Q3 2022

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Manufacturing 6,946 $78,508
Healthcare and Social
6,468 $56,627
Retail Trade 5,414 $37,525
Construction 3,541 $72,695
Accommodation and Food Services 3,277 $23,771
Education Services 3,243 $56,154

Wahkiakum County

949 Total Employment
(Q3 2022)

$40,541 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q3 2022)

7.5% Unemployment Rate
(January 2023)

Top Industries by Employment Q3 2022

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting
193 $44,040
Utilities 125 $73,803
Public Administration 83 $44,592
Retail Trade 81 $25,368
Manufacturing 68 $35,257
Construction 64 $44,794
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