2011 includes an increase for many in healthcare, although the number one private employer, Harrison Medical Center, shows a decrease. Several large retailers also reported an increase over 2010 numbers. Also showing an increase are some Kitsap manufacturers, IT firms and a biotech firm. The Navy presence increased by over 4,200 (civilian and active duty).
Defense contractors and financial institutions were among those showing a decrease in employment. Additionally, some healthcare and retailers also marked a decline. The 2011 Kitsap Top Private and 2011 Top Public Employer lists them in total order. For 2011, separate lists have also been created for healthcare; defense, manufacturing, IT and professional services; and financial institutions.
Work will begin on the 2012 list in the fall. KEDA thanks Kitsap companies in advance for their participation in this annual survey.