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  • Clallam County profile

    Clallam 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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    Clallam County occupies a long and narrow area in the most northwestern corner of Washington state. Encompassing part of the Olympic Peninsula, the county includes 1,738 square miles of mostly forested and mountainous …

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  • Klickitat County profile

    Klickitat County profile

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

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    Klickitat County is located in south central Washington. It was once home to the Klickitat and Wishram tribes. Non-Indian settlers began arriving in the 1850s. The economic history of the county includes sheep and …

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  • Pierce County profile

    Pierce County profile

    by Jim Vleming, regional labor economist - updated October 2017

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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

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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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  • 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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  • Benton County profile

    Benton County profile

    by Ajsa Suljic, regional labor economist - updated December 2018

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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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  • 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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  • Kittitas County profile

    Kittitas County profile

    by Don Meseck, regional labor economist - updated February 2019

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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 counties in …

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  • Clark County profile

    Clark County profile

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

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

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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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