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  • Pierce County profile

    Pierce County profile

    by Jim Vleming, regional labor economist - updated October 2017

    Overview | Geographic facts | Outlook | Labor force and unemployment | Industry employment | Wages and income | Population | Useful links | PDF Profile copy

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    Pierce County is a coastal area in the northwest part of the state that includes Puget Sound, the Puget Sound lowlands and the surrounding region west of the Cascade Range and east of the Olympic Mountains. Formed out …

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  • King County profile

    King County profile

    by Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Ph.D., regional labor economist - updated October 2017

    Overview | Geographic facts | Outlook | Labor force and unemployment | Industry employment | Wages and income | Population | Useful links | PDF Profile copy

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    King County’s current boundaries situate it between Puget Sound to the west and the crest line of the Cascade Range to the east. It borders Snohomish County to the north and Pierce County to the south. …

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  • Skamania County profile

    Skamania County profile

    by Scott Bailey, regional labor economist - updated November 2017

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    Skamania County is located about 40 miles east of the Portland metro area, in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Almost 90 percent of the county is timberland, mostly within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. …

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  • Whatcom County profile

    Whatcom County profile

    by Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Ph.D., regional labor economist - updated October 2017

    Overview | Geographic facts | Outlook | Labor force and unemployment | Industry employment | Wages and income | Population | Useful links |  PDF Profile copy 

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    Whatcom County is bordered to its north by British Columbia, Canada, Skagit County to its south and Okanagan County to its east. The Salish Sea lies to the west and the Cascade Mountains rise to …

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  • Kitsap County profile

    Kitsap County profile

    by Jim Vleming, regional labor economist - updated October 2017

    Overview | Geographic facts | Outlook | Labor force and unemployment | Industry employment | Wages and income | Population | Useful links | PDF Profile copy

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    Kitsap County, originally part of King and Jefferson counties, is the northern end of the Kitsap peninsula, jutting into the Puget Sound positioned between the Olympic Peninsula to the west and King County to the east. …

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  • Okanogan County profile

    Okanogan County profile

    by Don Meseck, regional labor economist - updated December 2017

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    Okanogan County borders Canada on the north. The Columbia River Basin and Lake Roosevelt form its southern and eastern borders and the North Cascade Mountains form its western border. It is one of the largest counties …

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  • Kittitas County profile

    Kittitas County profile

    by Don Meseck, regional labor economist - updated October 2017

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    Kittitas County is in the center of the state, 100 miles east of Seattle across the Cascade Mountain Range. The county is bordered by Chelan, Grant and Yakima counties. With 2,297 square miles, it is one of the largest …

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  • Benton County profile

    Benton County profile

    by Ajsa Suljic, regional labor economist - updated September 2017

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    Benton County, named after Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, was created from eastern Yakima and Klickitat counties in 1905. The county is located in southeastern Washington at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake …

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  • Clark County profile

    Clark County profile

    by Scott Bailey, regional labor economist - updated November, 2017

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    Clark County is located in southwest Washington on the Columbia River, roughly 100 miles upstream from the Pacific Ocean. It is the fifth most populous county in the state, and has a large employment base that has …

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  • Cowlitz County profile

    Cowlitz County profile

    by Scott Bailey, regional labor economist - updated December, 2017

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    Cowlitz County is located on the Columbia River, adjacent to the Portland metropolitan area. The county has two active ports, a highly-productive wood-products industry, two paper mills, a diverse manufacturing base …

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