We’re different. So is our data.

Pierce County gets lumped into the greater Seattle metropolitan area for statistics on everything from sports to median income. But we differ considerably from our neighbors to the north. That’s why it is important to drill down into statistics like the job index and economic numbers to draw out the most relevant information.

POPULATION AND DEMOGRAPHICS

With the right information, decisions about policy and programs can be more targeted and ultimately more effective. That’s why WorkForce Central is fighting this shortage of Pierce-specific data by producing employment reports like the one found here.

In 2016, we also dug deep into the top local industries to study workforce supply and demand. Armed with the most relevant data ever, we’re helping the community make better, more informed choices about growth and investment. Read more about the 2016 data here.

As the second most populous county in Washington, Pierce County is expected to grow by 1.1 percent between 2015 and 2040 to over 1 million people.

Population & Demographics stats
age statistics

Pierce County is home to a lot of young people: 62% of Pierce County residents are younger than 44 years of age. 

Education stats

Just 21% of our adult residents have a four-year degree, and nearly 10% lack a high school diploma.

Post-secondary degree stats

About one in three Pierce County adults has a post-secondary degree, ranking us last among our Puget Sound neighbors.

EMPLOYMENT DATA

Pierce County industry growth rate

Pierce County is home to a larger share of Construction, Trade, Transportation and Logistics industries than any other county in Washington state. And our economy is growing: every key industry expects growth through 2023, though some will grow faster than others.

INCOME AND WAGE DATA

Household income

Pierce County’s median wage in March 2015 was just under $40,000 per year.

In Pierce County, more residents live below the poverty line than in King County, Snohomish County or Kitsap County. 

Poverty Line stats

Entry level workers in King or Snohomish Counties are likely to take home about $2,400 per year more than entry level workers here.

Entry level job statistics
Wage stats

References:

1 Washington State Office of Financial Management, 2016; Community Attributes Inc., 2016.

2 American Community Survey 2014 5-Year Estimates, 2016; Community Attributes Inc., 2016.

3 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014; Washington State Employment Security Department, 2014; Community Attributes Inc., 2016.

4 Washington State Employment Security Department, 2016; Community Attributes Inc., 2016.

5 Washington State Unemployment Security Department, 2015. Community Attributes Inc., 2016.

6 U.S. Census Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics, 2014. Community Attributes Inc., 2016.

7 American Community Survey 2014 5-Year Estimates, 2016; Community Attributes Inc., 2016.

8 American Community Survey 2014 5-Year Estimates, 2016; Community Attributes Inc., 2016.

9 https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/federal-poverty-level-FPL/

10 Employment Security Department’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages,2015.

11 Washington State Employment Security Department, 2016; Community Attributes Inc., 2016.