More than 100,000 workers commute into the region – about 5% of the entire workforce of central Puget Sound (King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties).
Thurston, Island and Skagit counties send the most workers into the region.
In Island County, 47% of all workers commute to jobs in our region. The share is nearly as high in Mason County, with 41% of workers commuting to central Puget Sound.
The number of workers coming into our region grew 37% — from 73,900 to 101,500 — between 2006 and 2014.
Contributing to this trend is that the pace of economic recovery and job growth has been faster in central Puget Sound than in other parts of the state. Cost of housing or lifestyle choice also could be a factor for some living outside the region.