The Pierce County Economic Development Division, in partnership with local governments and economic development agencies, launched the first-ever comprehensive survey of businesses across the four-county Puget Sound region today.

The “Job Sector Survey” builds on a 2010 survey that captured responses from nearly 1,200 King County businesses in 15 unique industry sectors. Along with benchmarking against the 2010 results, the 2011 Job Sector Survey will provide a richer illustration of the challenges, aspirations and opportunities for employers of all types and sizes.
As in 2010, the data will be used as a guide for elected officials, policymakers and community leaders when making decisions that impact the local economy.

Invitations for the online survey will be distributed to employers by each of the partner organizations beginning July 14. Since multiple organizations will be sending invitations, a single employer may get the survey from several sources.

To verify data, participants will be asked to provide contact information. These details will remain confidential and no attribution to individuals will be made. However, respondents should enter their zip codes at the end of the survey since this will enable local officials to identify issues specific to Pierce County employers.
In addition, the survey is posted on Pierce County’s website and a hard copy will be available upon request. Responses will be collected until Aug. 11. Each survey respondent will be entered to win two Southwest Airlines Green LUV tickets.