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2014 Seattle Transportation Employment Outlook
With job growth once more advancing at double the national rate, transportation and logistics jobs within the Puget Sound region are well positioned for the end of the recession.
The Port of Seattle, the second largest handler of container freight within the country, provides an immediate connection to Asia and is a significant link in trade with markets on the Gulf of Mexico, in Alaska, and on the Atlantic Coast. With its multiple transportation network of freeways, a ferry system, an airport, railroads, and port facilities, Seattle is a principal distribution, trade, financial, and services center for the Northwest. Also, tourism continues to be a significant a part of the city's economy.
Seattle's economy benefits from Seattle-Tacoma International airport, that is served by sixteen airlines. The city's most vital business asset is Elliott Bay, one among the best deep ports within the world. The Port of Seattle is the fifth largest freight and container port within the U.S. and also the twentieth largest within the world. It can accommodate ships up to 1,400 feet long and provides generous warehouse area. 2 continental railroads and over a hundred and seventy motor freight carriers transport merchandise to and from the city.
Seattle's Maritime sector may be a distinct section of the manufacturing and industrial sector and includes businesses engaged in fishing, ship building and repair, water transportation, marine merchandise and services, ocean food distributing, cold storage, and marine construction. The trade provides more than 24,000 jobs and contributes some $2 billion to the Puget Sound economy.
Seattle's maritime trade sector provides necessary economic diversification, includes several stable, multi-generational firms that offer family-wage jobs, and maintains a long-standing competitive advantage for Seattle.