Workforce Data and Trends Overview

The Washington state workforce information reported in this section focuses on state employees in the general government portion of the executive branch. This includes all permanent and nonpermanent employees in state agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor and other executive elected officials.

This does not cover employees in higher education, the legislative and judicial branches and certain others, such as emergency firefighters, Youth Conservation Corps members and those who are paid by the state’s payroll system but are not considered to be state employees.

Excluding higher education and commodities commissions, the executive branch composes about 98 percent of the workforce. The legislative branch and judicial branch represent the remaining 2 percent.

The primary source of the information is the enterprise Human Resource Management System (HRMS).

Key Events affecting the Workforce from fiscal years 2015–16

Governor’s Executive Orders

16-07   Building a Modern Work Environment

16-04   Reaffirming the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women

July 2015

  • Negotiated and legislatively approved general wage increase of 3 percent for most state employees.
  • Performance Management Confirmation (PMC) Program suspension continues while the program is updated to align with industry best practices.
  • NW Edge, a public-private partnership spearheaded by the state Office of Financial Management and the U.S. Army Reserve Corp, recognized by the National Association of State Personnel Executives. NW Edge received the association’s Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. award, which trumpets innovative state human resources programs.

May 2016

  • Federal Department of Labor releases new overtime pay rules.

July 2016

  • Negotiated and legislatively approved general wage increase of 1.8 percent for most state employees.


Last Updated: 8/10/2016
Time Period: N/A
Update Frequency: annually (end of fiscal year)