Snohomish County is a blend of urban and suburban, white and blue collar.
Northern Snohomish County is the manufacturing center of Washington State. Twenty-five percent of our workforce is associated with manufacturing; twice the State average. The assembly of commercial aircraft is significant in our local economy, including both The Boeing Company and the associated supply chain. This supply chain, representing both products and services, is not limited to The Boeing Company. Many are doing business with Airbus while looking for opportunities with the growing list of single-aisle airframe manufacturers. Additionally, these suppliers have diversified to serve multiple markets including shipbuilding, defense, energy generation, etc.
Southern Snohomish County, with its proximity to Seattle, has a concentration of knowledgeable workers and life science companies. T-Mobile has an engineering technology center with a staff of 600 and Google is planning to open a facility in Bothell that is designed to house 800 workers. On the life science side, we have a cluster of medical device companies with a specific focus in ultrasound diagnostics. Philips Healthcare and Sonosite have a combined workforce of 3000. On the pharmaceutical side and smaller in scale, CMC Biologics has 200 scientists researching and producing pharmaceuticals on a contract basis.
There is a noteworthy migration of workers between King County (Seattle) and Snohomish County on a daily basis.
A breakdown of our employed workforce, based on SOC codes, is provided below.