Economic Recovery Initiative

Information for Workers and Employers in Thurston County

The Thurston Regional Economic Recovery Task Force* is developing and coordinating a multi-faceted response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its specific impacts to and throughout our broader Thurston County Community.

This is a difficult period for our community, and we want you to know, you’re not alone. Local partners are coming together in an effort to figure out how we can reduce impacts today and position ourselves for a quick and effective recovery in the months ahead.

We will endeavor to provide local businesses and impacted workers relevant information through this resource site and other means as events unfold. We’re working fast to bring you information as we learn about it, so please forgive any errors or omissions and be sure to share with us any resources or solutions you think could help others.

Together, we will make it through this.

* The Task Force is represented by a growing number of partners, including the City of Lacey, City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, City of Yelm, Experience Olympia & Beyond, Olympia Downtown Alliance, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Port of Olympia, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County, Thurston Economic Development Council and local Tribal Nations.


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Monday-Friday, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

Unemployment Snapshot

Washington State has begun releasing preliminary unemployment data.  We will share detailed information – e.g. unemployment impacts by industry and occupation, demographics, etc. – here as it becomes available.  For now, here are a couple of graphs confirming what most of us suspected: a quick and dramatic loss of jobs here and everywhere.

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Thurston County Submits Application to Enter Phase 2 of Reopening

Thurston County has requested State approval to enter Phase 2 of reopening, which would allow for limited expansion of service offerings including hair and nail salons, in-store retail purchases, pet grooming and restaurants operating at 50% capacity among other business openings.  The State aims to respond to County applications within one to three days, though there is no official timetable.  Social distancing remains strongly encouraged.  Each Phase of reopening is projected to last three weeks (four phases in total expected as of today).

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Port Teams Up with Non-Profit to Help Deliver Resources

The Port of Olympia and local longshore workers are donating space, time and equipment to help the non-profit organization, Moore Wright Group, deliver much need hygiene supplies, toys and other in-demand goods to people in Thurston County and broader region. Ports play an important role in regional response and recovery efforts – and this is one particularly helpful way they do it. Thanks Port!

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Intercity Transit Offering Activities for Youth

Intercity Transit has put together a couple of fun activities to engage youth and. For April, they have a Bike Art Challenge and Social Media Bike Challenge. Create a bike-themed piece of art or share your biking adventures for a chance to win prizes. Check out their events page for more details.

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