People from these metros are finding new jobs in Seattle

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April 15, 2022
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People from these metros are finding new jobs in Seattle

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed the way we think about the nature of work, and in particular, where we live versus where we’re employed. Pre-pandemic, telecommuting or work-from-home situations existed, but they weren’t the norm. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans rarely or never telecommuted pre-pandemic. Months later, just over half of workers who could were telecommuting. Although vaccines were on the horizon—and with that, an imminent return to office life—many still preferred this new way of working.

Employees discovered that working from home certainly had an upside. No more long, stressful commute. They were more productive. Having more flexibility with time allowed them to better manage a household. For those who live in expensive real estate markets, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to make the leap to a more affordable city without sacrificing a big-city paycheck.

While many employers want to bring workers back to the office in some capacity, the work-from-home trend is likely here to stay. With it, smaller cities may continue to boom, as people leave larger cities for a different lifestyle. So, where in your state are people coming to settle and enjoy this new work-from-anywhere style of living? To find out, Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people are finding new jobs in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jobs-to-Jobs Flows. Metros are ranked by the number of people that started a new job in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA in the first quarter of 2021.

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#20. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

- Started a new job in Seattle from Washington in Q1 2021: 270
--- #30 most common destination from Washington
- Started a new job in Washington from Seattle in Q1 2021: 199
--- 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 71 to Seattle
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#19. Longview, WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Longview in Q1 2021: 270
--- #3 most common destination from Longview
- Started a new job in Longview from Seattle in Q1 2021: 227
--- 1.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 43 to Seattle
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#18. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

- Started a new job in Seattle from Chicago in Q1 2021: 277
--- #44 most common destination from Chicago
- Started a new job in Chicago from Seattle in Q1 2021: 190
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 87 to Seattle
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#17. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA

- Started a new job in Seattle from San Diego in Q1 2021: 312
--- #11 most common destination from San Diego
- Started a new job in San Diego from Seattle in Q1 2021: 276
--- 1.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 36 to Seattle
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#16. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ

- Started a new job in Seattle from Phoenix in Q1 2021: 316
--- #12 most common destination from Phoenix
- Started a new job in Phoenix from Seattle in Q1 2021: 639
--- 2.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 323 to Phoenix

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#15. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

- Started a new job in Seattle from Dallas in Q1 2021: 326
--- #33 most common destination from Dallas
- Started a new job in Dallas from Seattle in Q1 2021: 435
--- 1.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 109 to Dallas
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#14. Wenatchee, WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Wenatchee in Q1 2021: 330
--- #2 most common destination from Wenatchee
- Started a new job in Wenatchee from Seattle in Q1 2021: 305
--- 1.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 25 to Seattle
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#13. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

- Started a new job in Seattle from New York in Q1 2021: 453
--- #34 most common destination from New York
- Started a new job in New York from Seattle in Q1 2021: 305
--- 1.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 148 to Seattle
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#12. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

- Started a new job in Seattle from San Jose in Q1 2021: 487
--- #15 most common destination from San Jose
- Started a new job in San Jose from Seattle in Q1 2021: 214
--- 0.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 273 to Seattle
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#11. Yakima, WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Yakima in Q1 2021: 521
--- #3 most common destination from Yakima
- Started a new job in Yakima from Seattle in Q1 2021: 506
--- 2.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 15 to Seattle

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#10. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Mount Vernon in Q1 2021: 617
--- #2 most common destination from Mount Vernon
- Started a new job in Mount Vernon from Seattle in Q1 2021: 556
--- 2.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 61 to Seattle
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#9. Bellingham, WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Bellingham in Q1 2021: 742
--- #2 most common destination from Bellingham
- Started a new job in Bellingham from Seattle in Q1 2021: 711
--- 3.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 31 to Seattle
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#8. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Los Angeles in Q1 2021: 892
--- #18 most common destination from Los Angeles
- Started a new job in Los Angeles from Seattle in Q1 2021: 496
--- 2.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 396 to Seattle
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#7. Kennewick-Richland, WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Kennewick in Q1 2021: 961
--- #2 most common destination from Kennewick
- Started a new job in Kennewick from Seattle in Q1 2021: 637
--- 2.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 324 to Seattle
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#6. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA

- Started a new job in Seattle from San Francisco in Q1 2021: 1,000
--- #13 most common destination from San Francisco
- Started a new job in San Francisco from Seattle in Q1 2021: 488
--- 2.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 512 to Seattle

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#5. Bremerton-Silverdale-Port Orchard, WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Bremerton in Q1 2021: 1,073
--- #1 most common destination from Bremerton
- Started a new job in Bremerton from Seattle in Q1 2021: 1,006
--- 4.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 67 to Seattle
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#4. Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater, WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Olympia in Q1 2021: 1,627
--- #1 most common destination from Olympia
- Started a new job in Olympia from Seattle in Q1 2021: 1,773
--- 7.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 146 to Olympia
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#3. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Spokane in Q1 2021: 1,708
--- #2 most common destination from Spokane
- Started a new job in Spokane from Seattle in Q1 2021: 2,081
--- 9.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 373 to Spokane
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#2. Non-metropolitan area(s), WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Non in Q1 2021: 1,732
--- #2 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Seattle in Q1 2021: 1,596
--- 6.9% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 136 to Seattle
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#1. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

- Started a new job in Seattle from Portland in Q1 2021: 2,777
--- #2 most common destination from Portland
- Started a new job in Portland from Seattle in Q1 2021: 2,385
--- 10.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 392 to Seattle

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