Workforce

 

Tri-Cities MSA Labor Force

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland MSA
(August 2017)

Washington State
(September 2017)

Labor Force

138,710

3,774,386

Employment

132,004

3,609,097

Unemployment

6,706

165,286

Unemployment Rate

4.8%

4.4%

Source: Unemployment Data, Washington State Employment Security Department

Non-Agricultural Employment

Employees

Total Non-Farm

112,500

Total Private

93,600

Goods Producing

17,200

Construction

9,000

Manufacturing

8,200

Services Providing

95,300

Private Services

76,400

Trade, Transportation, Utilities

19,400

Financial Activities

3,900

Professional & Business Services

21,300

Education & Health Services

15,200

Leisure & Hospitality

11,900

Government

18,900

Source: August 2017 Unemployment Data, Washington State Employment Security Department

Historical Unemployment

2015

2016

2017

January

9.2%

8.5%

8.6%

February

8.7%

8.2%

7.7%

March

7.6%

7.5%

 6.6%

April

6.7%

6.9%

5.5%

May

6.8%

6.5%

5.2%

June

6.0%

6.2%

4.7%

July

6.4%

6.3%

4.7%

August

6.2%

6.4%

4.8%

September

5.6%

5.9%

October

6.0%

6.0%

November

6.9%

6.6%

December

8.0%

7.7%

Source: August 2017, Unemployment Data, Washington State Employment Security Department

Educational Attainment

Benton County

Franklin County

High School Graduate

24.29%

27.35%

Some College, No Degree

23.853%

20.63%

Associates Degree

10.62%

9.56%

Bachelor’s Degree

18.98%

11.0%

Graduate Degree

11.58%

5.71%

Source: www.trytricitiessites.org, Applied Geographic Solutions, 2017

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