Downtown Leads the Region in Job Growth

Increasingly, people want to work closer to home and enjoy everything a vibrant urban center has to offer. Half of all employees who work downtown live within 10 miles of their office. Employers are taking notice, and local and national firms, including Weyerhaeuser, Expedia, MG2, Delta Dental and ReachNow, are relocating to and growing in downtown.

Downtown Seattle Employment Trend

After losing 20,000 jobs during the recession, downtown Seattle has bounced back, adding 76,000 new jobs since 2010. Downtown accounted for 64 percent of all jobs gained in Seattle between 2010 and 2017. In that time, employment downtown increased 35 percent.

All data are estimates provided by the Puget Sound Regional Council.


Downtown Seattle vs. Top Puget Sound Cities (2017)

In a head-to-head ranking, downtown outpaces Bellevue, the next highest Puget Sound city, by about 154,000 jobs.


If you have questions about our research, contact Elliott Krivenko:

Phone: 206-613-3255