This section shows the Pierce County Washington economy using the most recent economic analysis from the 2022 Census Bureau. Starting with Figure 1 which shows the median earnings per worker, Pierce County shows it has a Median earnings of $59,616 which is the third most median earnings of all other counties in the greater Pierce County region. The county with the highest median earnings per worker in the area is King County which depicts a median earnings of $79,971 (34.1% larger). Comparing median earnings per worker to the United States average of $53,269, Pierce County is 11.9% larger. Also, compared with the state of Washington, median earnings per worker of $63,384, Pierce County is about 6.3% smaller.
In Figure 2 a more complete view of income is shown which aggregates income from all members in the household and it has a Median household income of $82,574 which is the third most median income of all other counties in the greater Pierce County region. The county with the highest median household income in the area is King County which shows a median income of $106,326 (28.8% larger). Comparing median household income to the United States average of $69,021, Pierce County is 19.6% larger. Also, benchmarked against the state of Washington, median household income of $82,400, Pierce County is about the same size.
The next section examines a variety of different income statistics for the Pierce County metropolitan area. In Figure 3 we see that it it has the largest proportion of earnings between $20,000 and $49,999 at 23.4% of the total and is ranked #1. Dividing median annual worker earnings by the average number of hours worked in a year in Figure 4 shows that it has a Avg Hrly Earnings of $29.47 which is in the mid point range of other counties in the local area. The county with the highest average hourly earnings in the area is King County which depicts an average hourly earnings of $39.64 (34.5% larger). Comparing average hourly earnings to the United States average of $26.40, Pierce County is 11.6% larger. Also, measured against the state of Washington, average hourly earnings of $31.66, Pierce County is about 7.4% smaller.
Figure 5 examines the number of self employed people in the Pierce County metro area based on the number of people who reported any self employment income. Pierce County shows it has a Self Employed of 9.4% which is the second smallest as measured by percentage of people self employed of all the other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percentage of people self employed in the area is King County which depicts a percentage self employed of 13.1% (39.6% larger).
The next chart (Figure 7) shows the percentage of households that had retirement income over the last 12 months and it has a With Retirement Income of 23.5% which is the second smallest in terms of households with retirement income of all the other counties in the local area. The county with the highest households with retirement income in the area is Mason County which depicts a households with retirement income of 33.6% (42.8% larger).
The percentage of full-time workers are compared to the number of part-time workers in Figure 8. Pierce County shows full time employees approximately 3.6 times bigger as the part time employees.
Similar to the last chart is Figure 9 which shows the number of people who are self employed but in more detailed industry categories such as manufacturing, retail sales, residential real estate, commercial real estate, health care, exports/imports, and advanced industries, etc. Pierce County depicts it has the hightest entrepreneurs of 22% for the self employed in professional, scientific, management, administrative services group.
Figure 10 shows the cost of living and other consumer spending categories for a variety of cost components from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pierce County depicts it has the hightest cost of 141.3 for the cost of housing category.
Pierce County Poverty Charts
In Figure 11 the percentage of people earning less than the poverty level is shown and compared across the group of places. Pierce County depicts it has a Percent of Population In Poverty of 8.8% which is less than most other counties in the local area. The county with the highest percent of people earning less than the poverty level in the area is Lewis County which depicts a percent of people in poverty of 13.2% (50.0% larger).
Additionally, Figure 12 looks at the percentage of people who receive some form of public assistance including general assistance, temporary assistance or food stamps (i.e. SNAP.) Pierce County depicts it has a Public Assistance Percent of 13.0% which is in the mid point range of other counties in the metro area. The county with the highest households with public assistance in the area is Cowlitz County which depicts a households with public assistance of 19.6% (50.7% larger).
Pierce County Labor Force Charts
The table in Figure 13, shows Pierce County employment data in terms of job categories and salary data.
The next two charts look at monthly trended employment related performance using data estimated by economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS tracks unemployment statistics for a large number of areas throughout the country on a month to month basis. However, not every location in the U.S. is tracked by the BLS so the chart will only show the closest location available (which may be the same location.) Figure 14 shows the monthly unemployment rate for the area as well as a comparison to the overall national economy measure for the United States. Note that in March to April 2022, the Covid 19 recession occurred and affects this metric. The monthly unemployment rate depicts that from January 2017 to before the COVID-19 Pandemic it went from 6.0% to 5.7% in March 2020. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 5.0%. Since that time, the monthly unemployment rate has gone to 5.3%. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 7.0%.
Pierce County Jobs Charts
In the jobs section of economic activity charts in Figure 15 shows the average annual earnings for very high level job industry categories for full time and year round employed.
Figure 16 shows the average median earnings for different categories of jobs.
Pierce County Work Commute Charts
Figure 18 shows a more detailed view of how the population commutes to work for (for example to downtown Pierce County or elsewhere.) Pierce County has the largest proportion of people who take the Long-distance train or commuter rail at 1% of the total and is ranked #1.
Figure 19 is provided for comparison purposes to the previous chart. It shows how people get to work overall on average in the United States.
The average commute time is shown in Figure 21. Pierce County depicts it has a Avg Commute Time of 33 which is the second most average commute time of all the counties in the greater Pierce County region.
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Census Designated Place or "CDP")
and Census County Division "CCD".)
For comparison purposes, the US national average and the state average value are provided. Additionally, the "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA is shown that is closest to the city, county, or zip code shown. A CSA is a large grouping of adjacent metropolitan areas that identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties. (See: Combined Statistical Area)
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