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.

Employment Trends

After losing 20,000 jobs during the recession, downtown Seattle bounced back, adding 85,000 new jobs since 2010. Downtown accounted for 67 percent of all jobs gained in Seattle between 2010 and 2018. In that time, employment downtown increased by 39 percent. Compared to other area cities, downtown has more jobs than any city outside of Seattle. Downtown has more than double the number of jobs as the next largest city in the region based on employment.

2018 figures are preliminary estimates based on “covered employment” trends in data provided by the Puget Sound Regional Council. Covered employment refers to positions covered by the Washington Unemployment Insurance Act. The Act exempts the self-employed, proprietors and corporate officers, military personnel, and railroad workers, so those categories are not included. Covered Employment accounts for approximately 85-90% of all employment.

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

Phone: 206-613-3255
Email: elliottk@downtownseattle.org