Join Us! Resource Showcase: Talent Pipeline Application, 10/25 & 11/2

You won't want to miss one of our two upcoming dates for a virtual "Resource Showcase" of our new Talent Pipeline Application. The app is at your fingertips via our website--for industry, education and training, job seeker, and research use. 

Please join us in spreading the word! #seakingwdcapp
“Resource Showcase: Talent Pipeline Application” (Virtual, 2 dates) 
- Tuesday, Oct. 25 // 2:00-3:00pm (PDT)
- Wednesday, Nov. 2 // 1:30-2:30pm (PDT)
Register here!
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"5 Tips for Using the New Talent Pipeline Application," here
Contact our Communications Manager, Hannah Mello: // 206.448.0474 ext. 3014


5 Tips for Using the New Talent Pipeline Application #seakingwdcapp

The word is out! Our new Talent Pipeline Application is launched and ready for your everyday use.

Our partners at Community Attributes, Inc. and our staff Performance Manager, Bryan Pannell, have put together a few tips for using this new resource. 

Tip #1: Get acquainted

Our new web-based, Talent Pipeline Application brings together occupation and industry data and forecasts to build projections of supply and demand at the occupation level. This is extremely valuable information for King County employers, job seekers, education and training providers and employment specialists! The data provided can inform decisions on the activities of all of these audiences. Employers and the workforce development system can strategize on how to address potential issues. Job seekers and employment specialists can make educated decisions on career options. Education and training providers can use the data in the design of program and training curricula. 

Try it out!

  • Use the "Occupation" filter on "Computer & Mathematical" and the app shows high demand for computer science bachelor’s degrees

Tip #2: Check out all the industries

Over the past 7 years, the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has issued industry-specific “paper” Talent Pipeline Reports. This new application is not limited to a specific industry but covers all King County sectors! Users can filter results on a range of data elements including Industries, occupations, median wages, education requirements and economy or cluster level analysis. Applying these filters dynamically delivers workforce supply and demand data broken done by education/training requirements and delivers information on the availability of area education and training programs.

Try it out!

  • Use the "Education" filter to associates degree, and see what industries and occupations have shortages to find a job based on your education level


Tip #3: The dashboard is your friend

The core of our new web-based Talent Pipeline application is the Dashboard. The Dashboard delivers a wealth of information! By applying the filters on the page, users can build a customized picture of occupations in a specific industry or group of industries; or get a bird’s eye view of an occupation across industries. Results are broken down by education/training level required with shortage/surplus workforce highlighted by occupation. Mouse-overs bring even more data to light for each occupation. The Institution Map also responds to user filters and displays education/training providers in the area that correspond to the occupations for the results. Institution data also includes number of average annual program completions.

Try it out!

  • The "Institution Map" can be used to tap into what programs are out there...
    • Examples: Check out the concentration of registered nurses from select institutions or computer science graduates from Seattle University
  • Use the "Industry" filter on...
    • Healthcare = the app shows demand for masters and higher education or on the job training
    • Education = the app shows huge supply of postsecondary teachers
    • Information Technology = you'll be able to expand the bachelors degree section, mouse over software developers, and look at a detailed info window--showing you can make over $100k with a bachelors degree

Tip #4: Get into the matrix

Want to see how a certain occupation can be part of multiple industries? Our new web-based Talent Pipeline application can do that! By applying filters for industry, occupation, median wages, education/training requirements and/or level of analysis, users can construct a customized Occupation Matrix that gives an overall view of how an occupation is a part of a variety of industries. Dynamic mouse-overs deliver even more specific data for a specific sector. This type of data can be used by job seekers and employment specialists to explore opportunities across industries.

Try it out!

  • Put the "Wage" filter over $100k to see industries and occupations that make the most money
    • You can also change the view to surplus and shortage to see where the openings are, and where there might be more competition (for example in manager occupations)!
  • The "Percent in industry" shows how flexible an occupation is
    • You'll find that office and administrative support is needed in every industry...
  • Try the "Median Wage" filter, and filter salaries at 100k or less, finding out educational requirements

Tip #5: Method to the genius

Want to know the recipe for putting together all of the great data in our new Talent Pipeline web-based app? No problem! The Methods tab gives users access to the methodology and sources that were used to develop this great new tool. Taking the tried and tested work of our previous “paper” reports and transferring them to an interactive, user-friendly application has been an amazing process! And users can see where the data comes from and why each piece is critical to the overall picture.




...& Make it your own!

There's no limit to how useful this tool can be. Career counselors and coaches, educators, employers, job seekers, students and prospective students, workforce organizations, reporters and researchers--it has something for everyone. Compare notes with your colleagues and let us know how you're using it, so we can pass on the good word. Tweet #seakingwdcapp or send a note to Hannah at


Reach out to Hannah Mello, our Communications Manager: - 206.448.0474 ext. 3014

New Free, Open Access App for Work Opportunity Data

Interactive resource launched for industry and job market information

Seattle, Wash.- The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County is pleased to release an interactive, open access resource for community members in Seattle-King County, including job seekers, career counselors, researchers, students or potential students, employers, educators, the press and more. The application can be accessed via   

This new, web-based application offers easy to use dropdown queries that quickly result in providing clear data on industry-specific information related to job opportunities in Seattle-King County specifically. Users are able to cross reference information by wage, education level required, occupation, and industry. This new app will allow users to search for specific occupations in high demand, access wage data for those jobs. 

The application is self-serve, and can help users identify surpluses and shortages for occupations in a variety of industries and industry clusters. Career counselors will benefit from helping individuals walk through what opportunities exist and what education or training is required. A regional map shows where programs are located in local educational institutions like training providers, community colleges and more, so users can take the next step in their career pathway. Employers can see where talent is coming from regionally as well.

“We are confident this new tool will be valuable for employers, educators, and those seeking long-term, living-wage jobs in King County,” says Marléna Sessions, chief executive officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. 

Attend one of two “Resource Showcase” virtual events on Tuesday, October 25 from 2:00-3:00pm or Wednesday, November 2 from 1:30-2:30pm. Register via Eventbrite, here

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Communications Program Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County  | (206) 448-0474

Funding Awarded for Re-entry Pathways for Incarcerated

$500,000 to connect current and formally incarcerated with work opportunity and access

Seattle, Wash.The Workforce Development Council (WDC) of Seattle-King County, is honored to accept an award of $500,000 from the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration to support employment opportunity access for persons having been involved in the criminal justice system throughout Seattle-King County. The WDC is one of ten recipients nationwide in an effort to improve re-entry outcomes for community members returning home from confinement. 

Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez commented regarding the grant’s announcement: “Why wait for inmates to be released before giving them support they need to re-enter the workforce? (I’m) proud to live in a nation of second chances.”

This Workforce Integration Project will establish a One-Stop American Job Center site, known locally as WorkSource, in the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent which is a part of the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. Partnerships with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, King County, and South Seattle College will make this great work possible. The project will establish a coordinated system of re-entry pathways designed to help persons reconnect to employment and education opportunities, as well as access the wrap-around services needed to be successful community members and reduce their involvement in the criminal justice system.

Executive Dow Constantine comments: “King County is committed to reducing recidivism and creating employment pathways for people who need a second chance. As part of our commitment to equity and social justice, we support the progressive efforts of local organizations and justice leaders as they foster the potential of all people and build stronger, safer communities.”

“This partnership will build upon our region’s robust employment system,” says Marléna Sessions, Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “With this project, we hope to lead systemic change efforts in serving adults who face barriers to employment and self-sufficiency after incarceration.”

“This support from the Department of Labor will allow us to advance our mission of making sure past offenders have the tools, education and support to find good jobs as they transition back into their communities,” South Seattle College President Gary Oertli said.  “We look forward to working closely with our partners in providing these citizens with the opportunities they deserve to achieve stability and success.”

Pamela Banks, CEO of the Urban League, remarks: “This grant in partnership with the Workforce Development Council and partners furthers the Urban League’s mission of empowering communities to thrive by securing educational and economic opportunities. We are honored to engage in this work of supporting our residents’ self-sufficiency upon returning to their community and families.” 

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Communications Program Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County  | (206) 448-0474

Job and Resource Fair Saturday at Rainier Community Center

Seattle-King County Resource Day and Job Fair to Connect Jobseekers with Opportunities

Seattle, Wash.Local job seekers are invited to meet employers and resource providers while networking with fellow jobseekers at the upcoming Seattle-King County Resource Day and Job Fair this Saturday, August 27 at 10:00am-2:00pm at the Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave, South, Seattle).

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and WorkSource Seattle-King County, in partnership with Seattle Housing Authority and King County Housing Authority, are excited to announce their largest job and resource fair to date, with nearly 1000 expected attendees.  

With over 35 employers and 70 resource providers participating, this one-day event combines job opportunities, one-on-one coaching, and other community services to King County residents. Employers, such as Sysco Seattle, CBRE, ResCare Homecare, Wells Fargo, and many others in construction, hospitality, healthcare, retail, and municipalities, will be present and ready to hire. 
Other community-wide services include: free back-to-school backpacks, credit and debt counseling, education and employment resources, financial planning, access to public benefits, credit reports, housing and homeownership counseling, legal assistance on bankruptcy and consumer rights, help with FAFSA applications, Veteran services, advice on building a growing a business and access to health care, childcare, and transportation.

“This Seattle-King County Resource Day provides job seekers with career opportunities and resources all in one place,” says Marléna Sessions, Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. “We are thrilled to partner with the King County and Seattle Housing Authorities on this event, connecting local businesses with high quality talent.”

“Our partnership with the Workforce Development Council enables us to offer valuable employment opportunities and supportive resources for our tenants to improve their career or living situations,” says Andrew Lofton, Executive Director of Seattle Housing Authority.  

“We’re proud to co-host this event, helping our community to prosper and take advantage of the growing economy,” says Executive Director Stephen Norman of the King County Housing Authority.

Please contact Sharon Afforde at for more information. Jobseekers can RSVP on Eventbrite or email for assistance with registration.

Media Contact
Hannah Mello, Communications Program Manager
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County  | (206) 448-0474