The executive director for Puget Sound Regional Council came to Puyallup for lunch today with Pierce County Master Builders Association, bringing lots of updated statistics about the Puget Sound economy.
What Josh Brown heard in response was some South Sound frustrations over the predominance of Seattle and near suburbs that are claiming the lion's share of jobs growth over the past five years.
He responded by noting that the new positions being created are coming from the private sector.
“I don't think it's the job of PSRC to tell companies where they should be placing new hires,” Brown says. He encouraged local governments and community supporters to make their cases to the employers (like Amazon, with 10,000 open positions in Seattle) that their workers can better get to work (traffic) and better afford housing by not concentrating in South Lake Union, downtown Seattle and Bellevue-Redmond.
Brown also acknowledged that employers have cooled from earlier notions that remote workers can be as productive as when teams are gathered in the same building or neighborhoods.
PSRC data shows 5 percent of Seattle workers reside in Pierce County — just over 30,000 persons, with southeastern parts of the county sending the most. Viewed from the other side, 69 percent of jobs in Pierce County are filled by residents of the county and its cities.