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2009 STRATEGIC INDUSTRY CLUSTERS FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

This ranking of industry clusters is intended to guide and inform policy and investment decisions for workforce education and training. The Workforce Board will guide investments toward clusters that are at the higher rather than the lower end of the strategic rankings. Policy for using Strategic Clusters

Olympic Workforce Development Area
Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Area
Northwest Workforce Development Area
Snohomish County Workforce Development Area
Seattle-King County Workforce Development Area
Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Area

Southwest Workforce Development Area
North Central Workforce Development Area
South Central Workforce Development Area
Eastern Washington Workforce Development Area
Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Area
Spokane Area Workforce Development Area

Ranking Criteria
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Olympic Workforce Development Area - Region 1
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Navy Focused Cluster
1
1
Ship and Boat Building
2
2
Architectural and Engineering Services
3
3
Construction
4
7
Wood Products Focused Cluster
5
4
Sporting Goods Mfg.
6
5
Business Support Services
7
6
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
8
9
Amusement, Gambling, & Recreation
9
8
Fishing
10
10
     
Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Area - Region 2
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Forest Products 1 1
Animal Production - except Cattle & Poultry 2 2
Coal Mining 3 4
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 4 5
Sporting Goods Mfg. 5 3
Health care services 6 7
Business Support Services 7 6
Fishing, Seafood Processing & Shipbuilding  8 8
Travel Trailer & Camper Mfg. 9 9
Animal Production and Cattle Ranching 10 10
Agriculture and Forestry Support 11 11
Northwest Workforce Development Area - Region 3
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Petroleum Refining 1 1
Boat Building 2 2
Forest Products 3 3
Agriculture-Food Products 4 7
Fishing & Seafood Processing 5 4
Heating Equipment  6 5
Aluminum  7 8
Cement and Concrete Manufacturing 8 9
Canvas and Rope Manufacturing 9 6
Snohomish County Workforce Development Area - Region 4
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Aerospace 1 1
Abrasive Products Mfg. 2 2
Sheet Metal Products 3 3
Military 4 4
Electrical Machinery 5 5
Specialty Trades Construction (utlility, heavy) 6 6
Metal Forming Machine Tools 7 9
Boat Builders 8 7
Forest Products 9 8
Doll-Toy-Game Mfg. 10 10
Wood Kitchen Cabinets 11 11
Custom Steel Roll Forming 12 12
Fisheries & Seafood Products 13 13
     
Seattle-King County Workforce Development Area - Region 5
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Software/Computer Services, including Programming 1 1
Aerospace 2 2
Health Care 3 4
Water Transportation (water transportation of passengers and cargo) 4 3
Scientific Research & Development 5 6
Nonstore retailers (sales of merchandise in venues other than stores. Example: Sodexho) 6 5
Telecommunications 7 8
Specialty Construction (utility, street/bridge, heavy) 8 7
Travel Arrangement (such as Holland America) 9 9
Depository Credit 10 10
Overhead Cranes & Hoist Mfg. 11 11
High Tech Manufacturing (includes computers, computer peripherals, instrumentation and electrical devices) 12 14
Heavy Truck Mfg. 13 13
Spectator Sports 14 12
Air Transportation 15 16
Fisheries 16 15
Sporting Goods and Toy Mfg. 17 18
Performing Arts 18 17
Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Area - Region 6
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Military 1 1
Computer Services 2 2
Aircraft Parts Mfg. 3 3
Gypsum Products Mfg. 4 4
Offices of Physicians, Dentists and Other Health Care Practitioners 5 7
Construction 6 9
Office administrative services (office-based support of day-to-day operations of other organizations) 7 5
Plastic Bottle Mfg. 8 6
Forest Products 9 10
Concrete Products Mfg. 10 8
Health Care Services 11 11
Fishing & Seafood Processing 13 15
Warehousing and Storage 14 12
Confectionary Mfg. 15 14
Southwest Washington Workforce Development Area * - Region 7
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Forest Products 1 4
Federal Electrical Utilities 2 1
Health Care Services 3 2
Industrial Machinery, including Sawmill and Paper Machinery Mfg. 4 3
Construction 5 6
Semiconductors 6 5
Pump & Pumping and Air & Gas Equipment Mfg. 7 7
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Mfg., including Audio & Video Equipment 8 9
Auto Rental 9 8
Lighting Fixture Mfg. 10 10
Food Products Manufacturing, include Poultry Processing 11 11
Gambling 12 12
* Southwest Washington includes clusters that overlap into the Portland Metropolitan Area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties). In particular, those clusters include the following industries that have high location quotients in both Southwest Washington and the Portland Metro Area: industrial machinery, sawmill and paper machinery, pump equipment, semiconductors, and audio and video equipment.
 
North Central Workforce Development Area - Region 8
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Health Care Services 1 1
Agriculture & Food Products 2 2
Electrical Utilities 3 3
Cut Stone production 4 4
Metal Manufacturing, including Foundaries and Castings 5 5
Forest Products 6 6
Gambling & Recreation 7 7
South Central Workforce Development Area - Region 9
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Agriculture & Food Products 1 1
Motor Home Mfg. 2 2
Ornamental metalwork 3 3
Forest Products 4 4
Health Care Services 5 5
Warehousing 6 6
Eastern Washington Partnership Workforce Development Area - Region 10
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Mining 1 1
Forest Products 2 2
Heating Equipment Except Warm Air Furnaces 3 3
Depository Credit Organizations 4 6
Agriculture & Food Products 5 5
Agricultural & Forestry Support Services (independent establishments from actual producers, such as farm or forestry management). 6 4
Cattle Ranching 7 7
Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Area - Region 11
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
Computer Related Services 1 1
Waste Remediation & Management (includes portions of the Hanford reservation) 2 2
Health Care Services 3 4
Architecture & Engineering 4 5
Scientific Research & Development 5 6
Other Basic Inorganic Chemical Mfg. 6 3
Agriculture & Food Products 7 7
Nonstore retailers (sales of merchandise in venues other than stores. Example: Sodexho) 8 10
Cattle Farms 9 8
Rail Transport 10 9
Gambling & Recreation 11 11
Grain Farms 12 12
Spokane Area Workforce Development Area - Region 12
Cluster or Industry Workforce Rank Overall Rank
High Tech Manufacturing (includes computers, computer peripherals, instrumentation and electrical devices) 1 2
Health Care Services 2 4
Construction 3 6
Prof. & Technical Services 4 1
Metal & Machinery Manufacturing 5 3
Sheet Metal & Metal Bldgs 6 7
Federal Electric Power Services 7 5
Concrete Products Mfg. 8 8
Wood Kitchen Cabinet mfg. 9 11
Business Support Services 10 9
Travel Trailer & Camper Mfg. 11 10
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