Forbes Magazine says Seattle is the 5th best City for good jobs and is the highest ranking city outside the state of Texas. By looking at the current unemployment rate, recent past unemployment, estimated employment growth, per capita income and estimated 5 year growth Seattle (and the surrounding area) did very well.
Historically Boeing has always been a big player for manufacturing and engineering jobs, and it still is. But high tech has fueled tremendous growth over the past 20 years with Microsoft, Amazon and a host of other firms contributing to our growth and development. There’s also a little coffee company named Starbucks that helps keep us awake, and I can’t forget this area is the corporate home to Costco.
All these great companies and many more have allowed the greater Seattle area to manage the recent tough economy much better than some parts of the country. The result has been many people moving here to take advantage of our jobs and the natural resources we have as well.
As a Northwest native with roots going back 3 generations, we’ve seen lots of changes. I remember when a billboard was erected with the saying, “Will the last person out of Seattle turn off the lights?” Who would have guessed then, that we’d enjoy such a vibrant and diverse economy now?
I love the Northwest and I enjoy welcoming newcomers to share it with me. Looking for a new job, check the Seattle area out. Looking for a new home, check us out as well.
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