The targeted-employment-area designation encourages foreign investments and economic growth by reducing the requirements for obtaining an EB-5 immigrant-investor visa. The minimum qualifying investment for investors with an EB-5 visa is $500,000. In general, the minimum qualifying investment is $1 million.
The investor must demonstrate that his or her investment will benefit the economy and create a required number of full-time jobs for qualified people in the United States.
What is the data source?
We draw from our local area unemployment statistics
to get an annual average of the unemployment rate.
How often is the list updated?
Where can I learn more about targeted employment areas?
See the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office
for more information about becoming an EB-5 immigrant investor.
2012 Targeted Employment Areas1
| || |
Unemployment Rate 2012
|National Unemployment Rate |
150% of National Rate2
|Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA MSA ||8.9% ||No |
| Benton County ||8.7% ||No |
| Franklin County ||9.4% ||No |
|Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA MD ||7.1% ||No |
| King County ||6.8% ||No |
| Snohomish County ||7.8% ||No |
|Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA MSA ||7.7% ||No |
| Chelan County ||7.7% ||No |
| Douglas County ||7.5% ||No |
|Adams ||8.8% ||No |
|Asotin County (Lewiston, ID-WA MSA) * ||8.8% ||No |
|Clallam County (Port Angeles, WA MicroSA) ||9.9% ||No |
|Clark County (Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA) * ||10.4% ||No |
|Columbia County ||10.2% ||No |
|Cowlitz (Longview MSA) ||10.9% ||No |
|Ferry County ||13.0% ||Yes |
|Garfield County ||7.8% ||No |
|Grant County (Moses Lake, WA MicroSA) ||9.4% ||No |
|Grays Harbor County (Aberdeen, WA MicroSA) ||12.5% ||Yes |
|Island County (Oak Harbor, WA MicroSA) ||8.2% ||No |
|Jefferson County ||9.4% ||No |
|Kitsap County (Bremerton - Silverdale, WA MSA) ||7.4% ||No |
|Kittitas County (Ellensburg, WA MicroSA) ||8.3% ||No |
|Klickitat County ||9.6% ||No |
|Lewis County (Centralia, WA MicroSA) ||12.4% ||Yes |
|Lincoln County ||7.7% ||No |
|Mason County (Shelton, WA MicroSA) ||10.4% ||No |
|Okanogan County ||9.2% ||No |
|Pacific County ||11.3% ||No |
|Pend Oreille County ||11.6% ||No |
|Pierce County (Tacoma, WA MD) ||8.9% ||No |
|San Juan County ||6.2% ||No |
|Skagit County (Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA MSA) ||9.2% ||No |
|Skamania County (Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA) * ||10.8% ||No |
|Spokane County (Spokane, WA MSA) ||8.6% ||No |
|Stevens County ||11.5% ||No |
|Thurston County (Olympia, WA MSA) ||7.8% ||No |
|Wahkiakum County ||12.2% ||Yes |
|Walla Walla County (Walla Walla, WA MicroSA) ||7.2% ||No |
|Whatcom County (Bellingham, WA MSA) ||7.5% ||No |
|Whitman County (Pullman, WA MicroSA) ||6.3% ||No |
|Yakima County (Yakima, WA MSA) ||9.8% ||No |
1Prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics
2Unemployment rate required for designation of a "High Unemployment Area."