Data

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.

SW WA Monthly Employment Report

Unemployment in our three counties (Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum) continued to decrease in July 2021 down to 5.3% from 7.6% in December 2020. Occupations in demand include retail salesperson, stockers and order fillers, truck drivers, fast-food workers, software developers and repair workers. Healthcare companies and school districts are posting the largest number of job ads.

Clark County

167,401 Total Employment
(Q1 2021)

$60,019 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q1 2021)

5.1% Unemployment Rate
(Q1 2021)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q1 2021

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Healthcare & Social Assistance 27,581 $58,238
Retail Trade 18,822 $38,340
Construction 15,801 $63,676
Educational Services 15,279 $44,685
Manufacturing 13,558 $65,100

Cowlitz County

40,083 Total Employment
(Q1 2021)

$55,672 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q1 2021)

5.8% Unemployment Rate
(Q1 2021)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q1 2021

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Educational Services 2,973 $52,243
Construction 2,943 $68,203
Accommodation and Food Services 2,796 $20,869
Public Administration 2,143 $67,510
Transportation and Warehousing 1,814 $103,930

Wahkiakum County

1,064 Total Employment
(Q1 2021)

$37,568 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q1 2021)

5.6% Unemployment Rate
(Q1 2021)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q1 2021

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 189 $39,871
Utilities 133 $67,507
Retail Trade 117 $27,281
Public Administration 104 $37,365
Educational Services 84 $38,602
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