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Nearly all dimensions of life in the two counties are directly tied to the size, structure and success of the regional economy. This category takes up the key metrics of economics and business in the area. The topics range from outcome measures, such as income, unemployment and sales taxes, to more upstream considerations such as building permits and patents. Most of the indicators have benchmarks to Washington State and to the U.S. Federal and state data gathering efforts allowing a very rich picture of the regional economy.

A full definition of each indicator, as well as its relevance to the two counties, can be found in the More Information section. The data are available in a spreadsheet via the Download Data tab.