Every year, we tabulate the number of firms operating in Washington
state and sort them by size. We provide counts by industry sector and
subsector and for each county. The data are screened to protect
The data are useful in understanding the distribution of jobs between
small and large firms and are helpful for tracking job growth by firm
What is the data source?
We use first quarter data from the Quarterly
Census of Employment and
, Enhanced Quarterly Unemployment Insurance
file to build
the firm size dataset. First-quarter QCEW is the only quarter where
economic and non-economic changes are allowed. This ensures the
integrity of the data for economic analysis.
How often are the firm
size data updated?
Annually, in September.
How is this information
- To understand the distribution of jobs
- To identify the number of firms and
their employment by criteria.
- To track net job growth by firm
- To ensure proposed changes do not
affect one size of employer more than another.