Employment Trends

  • In 2013, the five city Soundside region included a total of 93,400 jobs. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 3.9% from 2012 and 0.7% from 2004.
  • Employment in the region is expected to grow. Employment is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 2.3% between 2010 and 2040, faster than the growth rate of the larger Puget Sound region as a whole (1.6%).
  • Within the Soundside region, employment is forecast to grow faster (2.3%) than population (1.7%).
  • Employment in the region is distributed across diverse industries.  Leading industries include services (39% of total jobs) and warehousing, transportation and utilities (21% of total jobs).
  • The Seattle Tacoma International Airport is an important anchor and key driver of the regional economy.  Jobs related to the airport constitute 20% of the Soundside region’s employment.   The airport supports jobs in warehousing, transportation and utilities as well as ancillary activities such as hotel accommodations and services.   For example, nearly a quarter (24%) of all hotel rooms in King County is located in the Soundside region.
  • In addition to the airport, geographic concentrations of jobs include industrial anchors in north Tukwila and retail and commercial anchors in south Tukwila around the Westfield Southcenter Mall.
  • Industrial jobs in north Tukwila adjoin the Duwamish manufacturing and industrial area in Seattle and is part of a regional industrial corridor. Designated as the North Tukwila Manufacturing/Industrial Center (MIC) the Tukwila part of this corridor contains approx. 13,500 jobs.