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) is down to 8.3 percent (but still higher than the state 7.4 percent and national average 7.7 percent). In addition, the total number of people in the labor force declined to 285,052 down from 295,190 in August. The Labor Force has not been at this level since September 2018.

Companies are hiring with healthcare companies posting the largest number of jobs ads. Occupations in demand include retail, stockers, nurses and fast-food workers.

Note: Employment numbers are reported approximately three weeks into the following month, for example, September data is published near the end of October.

In-Demand Occupations – Online Job Postings

Basic Food Participants

Clark County

178,985 Total Employment (Q1 2020, Pre-COVID-19)

$54,617 Avg. Annual Wage (Q1 2020, Pre-COVID-19)

4.4% Unemployment Rate (March 2020, Pre-COVID-19)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q1 2020

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Healthcare & Social Services 27,687 $56,798
Retail Trade 19,766 $34,382
Educational Services 17,131 $40,541
Construction 16,245 $60,794
Manufacturing 14,487 $61,203

Cowlitz County

41,710 Total Employment (Q1 2020, Pre-COVID-19)

$51,946 Avg. Annual Wage (Q1 2020, Pre-COVID-19)

5.7% Unemployment Rate (March 2020, Pre-COVID-19)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q1 2020

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Manufacturing 6,698 $74,331
Healthcare & Social
Assistance
6,599 $48,311
Retail Trade 5,019 $29,578
Educational Services 3,609 $48,414
Accommodation & Food
Services
3,385 $19,998

Wahkiakum County

1,022 Total Employment (Q1 2020, Pre-COVID-19)

$38,239 Avg. Annual Wage (Q1 2020, Pre-COVID-19)

6.9% Unemployment Rate (March 2020, Pre-COVID-19)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q1 2020

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing &
Hunting
185 $39,260
Educational Services 136 $39,635
Utilities 121 $67,858
Public Administration 86 $39,581
Healthcare & Social Assistance 83 $27,288

Workforce-Related Information

Demographics and Household Profiles

Public School Statistics

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