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 claims in Southwest Washington have continued to decline in November 2021 (Clark County 3.4%, Cowlitz 4.1% & Wahkiakum 4.0%). Total employment across the three-county region has risen to 597,216, up from 587,376 between October 2021 and November 2021. Total employment is its highest since February 2020, reflecting the growing job market.

As has been consistent through most of the recession, several demographic groups have had higher than

average job loss: African American women, Latinx women, and those with less than a bachelor’s degree in

education. Until recently, African American men were also hit harder by job loss. Through July, the impact on white

women was only slightly worse than on white men, but that gap has widened in the past three months.

– Scott Bailey, Southwest Washington’s Regional Economist

Read the latest labor market insights from Southwest Washington’s Regional Economist, Scott Bailey.

 

The dashboard below can be filtered by date range & selected county and displays: monthly civilian labor force, total employment & total unemployment measures in Southwest Washington.

Clark County

171,980 Total Employment
(Q2 2021)

$61,220 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q2 2021)

4.0% Unemployment Rate
(October 2021)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q2 2021

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Healthcare & Social Assistance 27,867 $58,243
Retail Trade 19,332 $38,401
Construction 16,462 $63,653
Educational Services 15,479 $44,960
Manufacturing 13,702 $65,781

Cowlitz County

41,080 Total Employment
(Q2 2021)

$56,023 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q2 2021)

4.7% Unemployment Rate
(October 2021)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q2 2021

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Manufacturing 6,658 $73,338
Health Care and Social
Assistance
6,505 $52,172
Retail Trade 5,168 $34,518
Construction 3,112 $67,956
Educational Services 2,983 $53,427

Wahkiakum County

1,071 Total Employment
(Q2 2021)

$37,837 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q2 2021)

5.1% Unemployment Rate
(October 2021)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q2 2021

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Agriculture, Forestry,
Fishing and Hunting
191 $39,875
Utilities 127 $66,936
Retail Trade 106 $26,459
Public Administration 106 $37,697
Educational Services 96 $39,358
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