Data & Resources

Explore Seattle's labor market and find helpful resources and information for your career and business.

Local Talent

Seattle is one of America's great cities.  A place that fosters innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.  The well-known key to Seattle's success is our people.  With over 540,000 Seattleites in the labor market, we bring skill and talent to our region's new and established businesses.

Business Decision Engine 
The Engine is an interactive tool that provides businesses with information on Seattle's economy, including data on our most important assets - our workforce.

Youth internships can help your business build a future talent pipeline and develop interest and skills in your industry.  If you are ready to host an intern, sign up here.  

If you need help finding talent, contact the business services team at WorkSource of Seattle-King County.  The Business Services Team assists employers with their workforce needs by providing no cost services and support to acquire, develop and retain talent.

Map of WorkSource Centers, Worksource Affiliates, and WorkSource Connection Sites in greater Seattle area. Visit for information on accessing this site.

Jobs & Educational Resources

Looking to start a new career, or change careers? We partner with a number of organizations to support jobseekers who need general support, those entering the workforce for the first time or learning new skills. 

Seattle - King County's WorkSource  
WorkSource connects job seekers with job openings, offers access to training resources and information about in-demand jobs, and provides other job search assistance.  Find your local WorkSource office here. 

Airport Jobs  
This site helps job seekers navigate employment opportunities at the airport, complete job applications, create resumes, practice interviews and enroll in airport-related job training. 

Seattle Jobs Initiative  
Seattle Jobs Initiative provides rapid training, coaching, and job placement in positions in Healthcare and Manufacturing with employers who are committed to career advancement for their employees. 

Ready to Work  
The RTW program is an innovative combination of classes for English Language Learners, computer literacy curriculum, job training, and case management to successfully connect immigrants and refugees who need the most assistance with an education and a stable job. 

Reconnect to Opportunity
Reconnect to Opportunity helps young people ages 16-24 who have not finished high school get back on track towards college and a career. The outreach team helps individuals find a school or program that is a good fit, and assists them in navigating the enrollment process.

The Seattle Colleges  
The Center for Working Adults partnership offers technical training for students who have other obligations such as work, school and family. "Worker-friendly" programs and a personal navigator can help you start and finish your degree. 

Seattle Public Library  
The Seattle Public Library (SPL) has a new service: "Your Next Job" that can help you sign-up for unemployment benefits, search for jobs, apply for jobs, and learn new job skills. Through one-on-one appointments via phone, text, or online conferencing, SPL can help job seekers to be successful on career and educational pathways, including job seekers with little or no digital literacy skills and those who have limited English proficiency. SPL can provide one-on-one appointments in EnglishSpanishMandarin, and Russian. You can call (206) 386-4636, email, or help someone complete the intake form here at their website.


Fossil Fuel Workforce Transition Study 2021

The Fossil Fuel Workforce Transition Study 2021 and Addendum show that there is an estimated 1.6 times more clean energy jobs (12,400) than fossil fuel jobs (7,600) in King County. Additionally, a greater number and a greater proportion of jobs in clean energy industries are in job categories providing median wages greater than the area's median wage of $69,000. As the transition to clean energy accelerates, however, deliberate action must be taken to address existing racial and gender inequities in the workforce. Two of the most at-risk occupations that will be impacted by automation and the transition away from fossil fuels are Freight Laborers and Construction Laborers which have a large percentage of workers of color, particularly Latinx/Hispanic workers. Recommended actions include focusing on demand-side interventions to support high road employment, affected workforce and stakeholder engagement to support co-led efforts to grow good jobs, and targeted training interventions for the upskilling of workers.

The Gig Economy

This 2017 report explores a variety of sources and discusses growth patterns, red flags, and questions worthy of further research relating to the gig economy. The report examines national trends related to the percentage of non-employee (gig) workers within the national labor force, and steps through information from two analytical products - the 2015 Government Accountability Office (GAO) Contingent Worker Report and a 2012 analysis from Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI). This report concludes with observations regarding the future of the gig economy, including the need for additional research and the importance of embracing entrepreneurship in general.

Investing in Effective Employment and Training Strategies for English Language Learners

This research considers how education delivery and job placement resources for English Language Acquisition (ELA) might be more impactful were they are deployed in a coordinated way. This research set the foundation for the Ready To Work program now administered out of the City's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

Job Readiness Skills for Youth: A Clear and Actionable Definition

Early youth employment experiences are critical to preparing young people to access living-wage careers in teh Seattle area when they finish their education. This research clearly presents the skills and behaviors that young people need to be prepared for early experiences in today's economy.

Public-Private Partnerships in King County

This research provides the value of employer-training partnerships, presents some examples where these partnerships have been successfully developed locally, and provides a blueprint for training providers and employers interested in developing new training partnerships.

Retaining and Growing Middle-Wage Jobs in Seattle's Basic Industries

Seattle's industrial base provides thousands of middle-wage, accessible jobs to the region. The industrial base, which includes sectors such as construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and transportation, however, is facing heightened pressures as the City of Seattle grows and the economy changes. In this report, Seattle Jobs Initiative looks at the critical role basic industries play in the economy and the challenges the City of Seattle and other cities face in retaining and growing these industries.

SNAP E&T: Opportunities for Alignment with WIOA

The brief presents an examination of the initial impact, if any, on States' SNAP E&T programs of the passage of WIOA and the opportunity it afforded States to develop new plans for their public workforce systems that align programs such as SNAP E&T with WIOA-supported core programs.

Understanding Opportunity Youth in Seattle

This report digs into the data around Opportunity Youth in Seattle, and provides recommendations for further research to design higher quality programs to serve this population. Opportunity Youth are defined as youth ages 16-24 who are not working and not in school. 

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