Job Trends and Projections

Bellevue is a strong, growing and diverse regional economic center.

With over 150,000 jobs within the city, Bellevue was the second largest city in terms of employment in Washington State in 2015. Despite fluctuations that correlate with the ups and downs of the economic cycles, the number of jobs in Bellevue has grown at an average annual growth rate of 1.12 percent since 2000. By 2035, the number of jobs in Bellevue is projected to reach 192,800.

Bellevue is a regional employment center, with workers commuting to their jobs from throughout the Puget Sound region. In 2006-2010, about 22 percent of Bellevue workers lived in Bellevue, 15 percent in Seattle, another 20 percent in other eastside cities including Renton, and the remaining were spread throughout the region.


Job Estimates to 2015 and Projections to 2035
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Source: Estimates for 1970 through 1990 provided by the City of Bellevue's Department of Planning and Community Development; Estimates for 1995 and beyond are for total employment and were provided by the Puget Sound Regional Council.


Where Bellevue Workers Live

Just over three quarters of Bellevue’s employed residents worked in Bellevue (40%), Seattle (21%) or Redmond (15%). Bellevue residents also worked other Eastside communities, South King County, and other places across the region.

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Source: Census Transportation Planning Package compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey.


Where Bellevue Residents Work

Note, that as of 2015, it was estimated that the percentage of Bellevue workers living in Bellevue had climbed to about 24 percent, and the percentage of Bellevue residents working in Bellevue had climbed to 43 percent. Estimates for other jurisdictions have not been updated since the release of the 2006-2010 Census Transportation Planning Package.

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Source: Census Transportation Planning Package compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey.



Click here to see job estimates for Bellevue citywide and for Downtown by major sector for the years, 2000, 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

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