Benton and Franklin Counties Labor Market and Workforce Trends

County Profiles:

Monthly Employment Report

The Monthly Employment Report is a comprehensive report on Benton-Franklin Metro job market.  We report the unemployment rate at the local, statewide and the national levels, the number of people in workforce and the number of jobs by industry.  Reports provide labor market information for metropolitan areas and counties in Washington State.  We refresh these data once a month, following a federal Bureau of Labor Statistics schedule.  View the schedule on the Monthly Employment Report page.  Labor market information at the state and county level can also be found at:

Presentations and Publications and "In the News"

Employment Security Department economists and other experts will present overviews of the national, state and local economies and speak on topics that are relevent to the current labor market and economy.

Presentations (Attached)



Reports and Briefings

County Profiles

County profiles highlight aspects of the economic health of each of Wahington's counties.  The facts and figures are useful for grant applications, strategic planning, economic development and other reserach projects.

What is the data source for the county profiles?

We compose eaach county profile using data we collect and data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statisitics, federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Census Bureau, Washington State Department of Revenue, Washington State Office of Financial Managment and other resources.

Refer to the County data tables, under useful links, for data on retail sales, wages and income, demographics, geography, industries, population, labor force and unemployment, industry employment by age and gender, and other information specific to each county.

Occupations in Demand

Discover which occupations are in demand or decline.  Click on any occupation title to get a job description, wages, employment projections and educational requirements.

This list distinguished among occupations that are "in demad", "balanced" and "not in demand" across the state and within individual workforce development areas.  The list is used to determine eligibility for a variety of training and support programs, but was created to support the unemployment-insurance Training Benefits Program.  The list consists only of occupations that have 50 or more jobs within a designated geographic area.

For a complete list of occupations, regardless or employment level, see "Occupational Employment & Wage Estimates".

How to use "Learn about an occupation."

Narrow your search by occupation or area using the search on the left.  Click on an occupation title to get a job description, wages, employment projections and educational requirements.  Sort your search results by clicking on a column title.

How do we know which occupations have more job opportunities?

We evaluate short- and long-term employment projections to determine whether employment opportunities in more than 800 occupations are expected to increase or decrease.  The local workforce development councils then review, adjust and approve that initial list on the basis of their local, on-the-ground experience.

How do we define growth?

Short-term trend covers second-quarter 2014 through second-quarter 2016 and long-term trend covers 2013 through 2023.  Occupations with average annual growth rates greater than 0.5% are considered to be in growth.  Occupations with negative growth rates exceeding -0.5% are considered to be in decline.  Occupations with growth rates which fall between -0.5 and 0.5 are considered stable.

Using this information to qualify for training benefits.

If you were laid off from a job that is no longer in demand and you qualify for unemployment benefits, the Training Benefits Program may allow you to receive extended unemployment benefits while attending training to learn new skills.  Learn more about the Training Benefits Program.