Jobs are growing in Tacoma-Pierce County
Major employers add thousands to payroll in 2017
The EDB’s 2017 Major Employers list, spotlighting companies with more than 100 full-time-equivalent (FTE) employees, identified 248 qualified employers compared to 214 in 2016. Employers listed this year represent 166,348 jobs — a bump of more than 4,600 jobs from last year.
Health care doing well
Numbers worth noting
New this year… a spotlight on mid-sized companies
Sixty businesses that responded to this year’s call for data have fewer than 100 full-time employees, the EDB’s typical cutoff for major employers.
- Distribution and logistics in Pierce County are booming and remain important employment sectors in the local economy. Not surprising, Amazon is the largest distribution employer in the county. Its DuPont and Sumner distribution centers together employ 1,400 full-time employees.
- The construction sector is holding its ground, with its employment base remaining steady compared with 2016. Northwest Cascade and Absher Construction saw a surge in 2017.