Developing Seattle's Workforce

OED's Workforce Development Team brings together a network of partners to ensure Seattle residents, especially low-income workers, youth and communities of color, get the education and training they need to be ready for - and get - high-quality jobs. We're growing the talent we have, to strengthen the economy we want.

Find local talent

Building a talent pipeline is key to strengthening and advancing your business. Find out how to tap into Seattle's talent pool here.

OED supports employers in preparing a local talent pool to ensure business growth and sustainability, while ensuring all residents benefit from a strong economy. 


If you need help finding talent, contact the business services team at WorkSource of Seattle-King County. They are familiar with the hiring needs of the fastest growing sectors in our region.

Contact John Glynn, the Business Relations and Workforce Services Manager at WorkSource of Seattle-King County, at (206) 963-8827.

Evaluate Seattle's Workforce

Great businesses have great employees, and today, employing the best people is more essential than ever. Every labor market is unique and your ability to hire good people will depend on several factors including the size and skillsets of the local population as well as the qualifications your business requires. OED's Business Decision Engine will help you understand Seattle's labor market.


Youth internships can help your company build a talent pipeline. By investing in your future workforce, you ensure that not only will your company succeed, but also your community and customers. Ready to hire interns? Sign up here. Learn more from our partner Educurious.

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If you are a business interested in moving operations here to Seattle, use our Business Decision Engine to learn about our local workforce and much more.

Find local jobs

Looking to start a new career, or change careers? Learn how OED can help you.

OED works to support you throughout your career path. Whether you are entering the workforce for the time, looking to learn new skills, or hoping to change careers, our approach is to create pathways to self-sufficiency in alignment with key high growth sectors.

Seattle - King County's WorkSource provides jobseekers with job search workshops, training, labor market info and other job search assistance services. 

Looking for a job at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport? Airport Jobs helps job seekers navigate employment opportunities at the airport, complete job applications, create resumes, practice interviews and more. In addition, Airport University offers credit-berating courses onsite at the airport.

Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) provides low-income job seekers with the training and support needed to enter careers with strong wages, benefits and advancement opportunities. Learn more about SJI's Career Pathways Program and how you can start your career today.

The Seattle Colleges offer technical training for students who have other obligations such as work, school and family. "Worker-friendly" programs and a personal navigator can help you start and finish your degree.

Career Exploration

Whether you are looking to change jobs or careers, or just beginning, Map Your Career can help you get started. Use state labor market data to understand Washington's employment opportunities. You can also learn more about Seattle's industry trends through OED's Decision Engine and Key Industries. Career Bridge will help you find the right education and/or training needed to secure the job you want. 

Ready to Work

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) helped design the Ready to Work (RTW) program, an innovative combination of classes for English Language Learners, computer literacy curriculum, job training, and case management to successfully connect immigrants and refugees who need the most assistance with an education and a stable job. Learn more here.

Invest in our future workforce

Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative
The City of Seattle is asking private sector partners to invest in youth employment and paid internships. The Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative (MYEI) embodies an ongoing commitment to prepare Seattle youth for meaningful and successful careers. The initiative builds career pathways for young people and creates a recruitment pipeline for local businesses seeking skilled workers. Visit our Employer Resources site to learn how to sign up, roles and expectations, how to create internship descriptions, and key dates.

Employers may participate in the following ways:


Host One or More MYEI Interns

We will match you with youth intern(s) from our program


Provide philanthropic support for interns outside of your organization

Pledge to Create or Expand Your Internship Program

Let us know about your organization's existing paid internship program and help us recognize your contributions to our community

The Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative (MYEI) was launched in 2015 to address Seattle's high youth unemployment rate. Compared to the City of Seattle with an unemployment rate of 4.8%, Seattle youth ages 16-19 have an unemployment rate around 21%, and youth ages 20-24 hover around 10%.[1] Even further, the national unemployment rate for youth ages 16-19 is 14.4% and youth ages 20-24 is 8.2%.[2] In all instances, Seattle youth are missing out on vital work experience and income, which hurt lifetime earnings.   In 2015 and provided 2,000 young people with employment and internships opportunities. In 2016, the initiative reached over 3,400 young people, and in 2017 the number of internships opportunities continue to grow. Thank you to all our MYEI partners! 

Why hire young people?
Summer job programs provide skills necessary for young people who otherwise would be left out of the labor market. First work experiences that teach professionalism, work readiness, and 21st century skills are critical in providing young people with a pathway to success and upward mobility. Youth employment has positive effects on lifetime employment, earnings and net worth. The Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative seeks to advance these trends by bridging the talent divide and investing in our future. This Initiative supports young people build a network of caring adults, practice employment skills in a supported environment and connect their education to career goals. In lieu of hosting interns, employers can make financial donations support wages for interns, bus passes, lunch money and other materials required by their workplace. The City has enlisted Educurious to develop and implement a technology platform that streamlines the process of matching employers and youth.

Employers, support the Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative by hosting MYEI internsdonating, or pledging to create or expand your company's youth employment program. Contact Sasha Gourevitch; for more information.  

Additional Resources
Are you a young person looking for a job or internship? Here are opportunities offered by City of Seattle:

The  100,000 Opportunities Initiative  launched in Seattle in May 2016 and has already connected hundreds of youth to their first jobs.   




Improve diversity and inclusion in tech

Seattle's technology companies are thriving with over 60,000 jobs created in the last five years. To increase the local talent pool and diversify Seattle's tech workforce, the City of Seattle is working with local training partners to connect 2,000 people to tech jobs by 2020.

For more information about TechHire Seattle, visit the TechHire website or contact David Harris.