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 increase to 7.6 percent in December, up from November’s 7.2 percent. Occupations in demand include retail, stockers, registered nurses and fast-food workers. Healthcare companies are posting the largest number of job ads.

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

171,774 Total Employment
(Q3 2020)

$56,474 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q3 2020)

8.1% Unemployment Rate
(Sept. 2020)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q3 2020

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Healthcare & Social Services 26,878 $57,024
Retail Trade 19,099 $35,944
Educational Services 16,501 $42,804
Construction 15,978 $61,740
Manufacturing 13,862 $61,712

Cowlitz County

40,581 Total Employment
(Q3 2020)

$53,705 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q3 2020)

8.4% Unemployment Rate
(Sept. 2020)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q3 2020

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Manufacturing 6,631 $71,358
Healthcare & Social
Assistance
6,447 $49,986
Retail Trade 4,992 $31,245
Educational Services 3,338 $49,102
Accommodation & Food
Services
2,965 $20,092

Wahkiakum County

1,005 Total Employment
(Q3 2020)

$37,908 Avg. Annual Wage
(Q3 2020)

8.4% Unemployment Rate
(Sept. 2020)

Top 5 Industries by Employment Q3 2020

Industry Number Employed Avg. Annual Wages
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing &
Hunting
194 $36,885
Utilities 130 $67,471
Educational Services 105 $39,485
Healthcare & Social Assistance 93 $25,607
Public Administration 80 $38,189
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