Overview

Engaging employers is a key part of the WDC’s mission

Business Services:
WorkSource Seattle-King County connects employers with hiring solutions and provides a wide range of information and resources.

Sector Initiatives:

  • Talent Pipeline Study: This ground-breaking research shows workforce supply and demand through 2019 in six key sectors, plus occupations in STEM (science, technology, enginering and math.
    • Phase 1 (Health Care, Manufacturing, Transportation/Logistics)
    • Phase 2 (Information Technology, Business Services, Finance/Insurance, STEM)
  • MapYourCareer.org: Visit our new website, www.MapYourCareer.org, to learn more about career opportunities in our focus sectors--plus extensive sections on green jobs and the maritime industry!
  • Map Your Career: Check out careers in interactive media, maritime, health care, manufacturing, construction, biotech/life sciences and information technology with these diagrams showing occupations, wages and training required. Map Your Career 2013

The WDC plays a critical role in convening industry, education and labor leaders around industry workforce issues and finding solutions that meet business needs and get people jobs.

We have particular expertise in bringing together sector panels--industry-driven groups of leaders who come together to focus on workforce issues in one particular industry. Members represent major employers, industry groups, education, labor unions, economic development, service organizations and others.

Our focus sectors are:

  1. Health Care
  2. Manufacturing, including Aerospace and Maritime
  3. Construction, including Energy Efficiency
  4. Trade, including Wholesale and Retail
  5. Information Technology, including Interactive Media

Our "watch" sectors are:

  1. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  2. Transportation and Warehousing, including Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  3. Financial Services and Insurance


How Did We Choose These Sectors?

The WDC annually reviews the industry sectors in King County to determine which we should choose for our workforce development efforts, and what those strategies should be.

The key criteria are:

Economic Size and Scope: Number of firms and jobs, percent of total employment, sales revenue where appropriate, economic development plans.

Job Demand: Short- and mid-term growth projections based on retirements and added jobs.

Supply and Demand Alignment: Match between demand and the regional inventory of job seekers, as well as the availability of career paths which lead to self-sufficient wages.

Potential for Impact: Commitment level of employers and labor to address workforce issues and contribute resources; the WDC's connections and leverage points within the sector; presence of an active industry intermediary or association; related workforce development efforts underway; and availability of (or plans for) sector-based curriculum through local training providers.