In the alternative state specific methodology, workers who exit the labor force or transfer to an occupation with a different Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) or workers who stay within an occupation but transfer to different companies, generate openings.

What is the measure we're tracking?

The future demand for workers for each workforce development area (WDA) and annual potential income.

What aspects of the population are of interest?

Projected job openings within the state of Washington WDA’s.

What is the period we’re looking at?

The dashboard focuses on five-year projections from 2015-2020.

Using the Dashboards

Filters in the right margin can be used to customize the dashboard in 3 ways. 


1. Selecting a Typical education needed for entry will narrow results by any of the following levels of education attainment:

  • No formal educational credential
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Some college, no degree Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Postsecondary nondegree award
  • Doctoral or professional degree

2. Selecting a WDA will narrow results by Workforce Development Area (WDA). The state of Washington is divided into 12 WDA’s:

  • Seattle-King County
  • Pierce County
  • Snohomish County
  • Spokane
  • SW Washington
  • Pacific Mountain
  • Northwest Olympic Consortium
  • South Central
  • Benton-Franklin
  • North Central Washington
  • Eastern Washington

3. Select a range for Average regional wage. Below are examples of a living wage in King County, a minimum annual income needed to maintain a normal standard of living.

  • Single adult - $33,000 / year
  • 1 working adult with 1 child - $53,600 / year

Graph selection filters

In addition, selecting either an occupation series or occupation from the bar chart will further filter the results, by the users selection.