Labor Market in State Of Washington – Industries on the Rise

labor market in state of washington

While the labor market may be suffering in other parts of the country, the state of Washington jobs are on the rise. The Employment Security Department of Washington State estimates the unemployment rates to be sitting at 6.8%, which is up from 7.9% in October 2012.

Estimates from November 2012 to November 2013 show that 37,600 new jobs were added to the market. The vast majority of those jobs were in the private sector with only 200 new public jobs being added. This is great news for job seekers in Washington State.

Expanding Industries

Quite a few industries in the state are growing, which opens up many new opportunities for those who are unemployed or looking for a new career path. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates show that four industries added new jobs between October 2013 and November 2013. These industries include:

  • Leisure and Hospitality: +1,400. Approximately 1,100 new jobs were created in the entertainment, arts and recreation industries.
  • Financial Activities: +600. Real estate leasing and rental activities created 1,100 new jobs.
  • Information: +400.
  • Retail Trade: +300.

Job seekers in the construction industry may have difficulty finding new job opportunities as 1,100 jobs were lost in the field. This is primarily due to an employment decline of 800 in specialty trade contractors.

These changes only reflect the months of October and November 2013. Throughout the entire year of 2013, Washington State added 37,600 new jobs with nearly all major industries being expanded. Going into 2014, job seekers may want to look into the following industries for employment opportunities:

  • Retail – Not surprisingly, the retail industry saw an employment increase of 9,800. Approximately 2,200 of the increase was seen in the home and garden sector. The motor vehicle and parts dealer field also added 1,900 jobs.
  • Hospitality – The hospitality industry also saw a major increase with employment up 8,300. Nearly 8,000 of those jobs were in the drinking and food services industries.
  • Education and Health – Education and health areas are always in-demand fields, but 2013 saw an increase in employment of 6,100. Of those jobs, 5,800 were in the health and social services fields.
  • Wholesale – Wholesale trade saw an increase of 3,200.
  • Professional Services – Employment in business and professional services rose 3,100. Among those, jobs in waste management and remediation, and administration and support accounted for 1,900 new employment opportunities. Enterprise management rose 1,200. 
  • Transportation – The transportation industry saw an increase of 2,100.
  • Finance – Financing activities only had an employment increase of 2,000.

Although the state of Washington jobs are increasing, there are some industries that job seekers may have difficulty finding opportunities in. Industries that lost the most jobs include:

  • Manufacturing – Manufacturing saw the second largest decline with a loss of 1,400 employment between October 2013 and November 2013.
  • Government – Government jobs saw the largest decline by far with a decrease of 4,600.
  • Construction – Construction also took a hit with a loss of 1,100.

Job seekers looking for employment in industries that are flourishing will find plenty of opportunities through social networking, newspaper classified ads and online job search sites like Job search sites, in particular, offer details about the position so the job seeker can determine whether or not there will be room for growth in the future.


    • Shane@financialdebauchery

      Shane@financialdebauchery 01/24/2014 4:50 a.m. #

      Well, it's great news that more additions and expansions are seen in today's employment sector. Seems like the more labor-based industries are the ones in decline. In response, I think it's always the smarter choice for applicants to go for industries/companies that have more room and probability for growth.

      • Sicorra

        Sicorra 01/25/2014 4:02 p.m. #

        I agree, it is definitely great news, but I think it is sad that the labor based jobs are declining. Hopefully that is only temporary and things change throughout the year.

        • Jaelyn

          Jaelyn 02/03/2014 12:40 a.m. #

          I agree with you. I also hope that the situation will be better.

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