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Office sectors continue to exhibit strong job growth/842/seattle-bellevue-4-9-18-strong-office-job-growth<img alt="" src="/united-states/en-us/PublishingImages/Snapshots/banking-tax-people.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />/united-states/en-us/research/snapshots/842/seattle-bellevue-4-9-18-strong-office-job-growthOffice sectors continue to exhibit strong job growthRecently released figures from the Washington Employment Security Department showed that the Seattle metro ended Q1 2018 with an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent and an annualized job-growth rate of 3.2 percent.
Video game hardware imports in Washington State on the rise in 2017, regional gaming industry employment strong/825/seattle-bellevue-4-2-18-game-hardware-imports<img alt="" src="/united-states/en-us/PublishingImages/Snapshots/people-man-wearing-virtual-reality-goggles.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />/united-states/en-us/research/snapshots/825/seattle-bellevue-4-2-18-game-hardware-importsVideo game hardware imports in Washington State on the rise in 2017, regional gaming industry employment strong​Washington State saw a 334 percent increase in video game hardware imports between 2016 and 2017.
Washington State voted best state economy in the country/809/seattle-bellevue-3-26-18-best-state-economy<img alt="" src="/united-states/en-us/PublishingImages/Snapshots/man-sitting-laptop-pool.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />/united-states/en-us/research/snapshots/809/seattle-bellevue-3-26-18-best-state-economyWashington State voted best state economy in the countryBased on Business Insider's most recent report measuring five labor-market and general economic health indicators, Washington state out performed the entire country.
Taxable retail sales up 5.5% year over year in Seattle, growth declining/795/seattle-bellevue-3-19-18-taxable-retail-sales<img alt="" src="/united-states/en-us/PublishingImages/Snapshots/retail-clothes-designer.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />/united-states/en-us/research/snapshots/795/seattle-bellevue-3-19-18-taxable-retail-salesTaxable retail sales up 5.5% year over year in Seattle, growth decliningTaxable retail sales grew $1.31 billion in the City of Seattle from Q3 2016 to Q3 2017.
Sea-Tac airport is becoming more crowded than ever/781/seattle-bellevue-3-12-18-sea-tac-airport<img alt="" src="/united-states/en-us/PublishingImages/Snapshots/transportation-inside-airport-terminal.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />/united-states/en-us/research/snapshots/781/seattle-bellevue-3-12-18-sea-tac-airportSea-Tac airport is becoming more crowded than ever​Port of Seattle’s year-end statistic shows that record 46.9 million passengers traveled at Sea-Tac airport in 2017.
Smaller format industrial rents in Puget Sound market are volatile/753/seattle-3-5-18-puget-sound-industrial-rents<img alt="" src="/united-states/en-us/PublishingImages/Snapshots/industrial-warehouse-hangar.jpg?RenditionID=6" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />/united-states/en-us/research/snapshots/753/seattle-3-5-18-puget-sound-industrial-rentsSmaller format industrial rents in Puget Sound market are volatile​Smaller format industrial buildings located in or near urban areas are an important piece of last mile delivery that tends to prioritize locations close to population centers.