The EDB is again asking Pierce County Businesses to share their employment data.

The Pierce County Major Employers List is back! Each year the Economic Development Board for Tacoma Pierce County (EDB) assembles and publishes the Pierce County Major Employers List. The goal of the Major Employers List is to showcase Pierce County’s employers by sharing full-time equivalent employment numbers with the community. This list is the most requested document produced by the EDB and is an essential part of the data provided to site selector and prospective new Pierce County businesses.

The 2019 Major Employer List identified 272 Major Employers, each of which has 100 or more full-time equivalents (FTEs). The employers included on this year’s list represented 172,415 jobs.

The EDB also tracks our growing medium sized Pierce County businesses on our Companies to Watch list. This list tracks employers with 50-99 FTEs.

Think you a Pierce County Major Employer (100+ FTEs) or a Company To Watch (50-99 FTEs)? Please submit your employment data here!

Interested in the information we receive from our Major Employers? Below are the highlights from our 2019 Major Employer List –

Download the full 2019 Major Employers Report.

Largest Private Employers (primary firms/non-retail)

Primary businesses are firms that export goods or services out of Tacoma-Pierce County and import new dollars into the local economy.

Health care service providers continue to be Pierce County’s largest private employers. MultiCare Health System (8,264) and CHI Franciscan Health (5,862) retain their 2018 positions. Boeing (1,550), State Farm Insurance Company (1,461), Milgard Manufacturing (880), Kaiser Permanente (755), Sekisui Aerospace (AIM Aerospace) (678), Columbia Bank (658), DaVita (625), and Toray Composite Materials America (565) finished out the top 10 private employers.  Download list of 2019 Top 10 Private Employers

Top 10 Largest Public Employers 

The impact of Joint Base Lewis-McChord continues to be seen throughout Pierce County as it lands as the largest public employer on the 2019 Major Employers list with 54,000 FTEs. The State of Washington (7,745), City of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Utilities (3,653), Tacoma Public Schools (3,481), Puyallup Tribe (3,422), Pierce County Government (3,118), Puyallup School District (2,690), Bethel School District (2,565), Clover Park School District (1,680), and the U.S. Postal Service (1,336) complete the top 10 public employers.  Download list of 2019 Top 10 Public Employers