Military Spouses an Untapped Employment Resource

Thurston County Chamber
Thurston County Chamber

Every business owner and manager knows (or they should!) that their workforce is their single greatest asset.  The Thurston County Chamber is committed to helping businesses connect with resources to build and maintain a strong workforce.


According to the Department of Defense, although 85% of military spouses want or need to work, 1 in 4 are unemployed. The Chamber is working to connect employers in our community with this highly-qualified, yet largely-untapped talent pool.


The number of military and civilian personnel assigned to Joint Base Lewis McChord has grown significantly in the past 10 years. From 2003-2010 employment increased by 40,000 and that number continues to grow.  As a result there has also been an influx of military spouses, many looking for work.


Due to the unique demands of military life, spouses frequently bring skills sets that can strengthen your team. These include:

  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Skillful stress management
  • Aptitude for multi-asking & problem solving
  • Diverse background
  • Broad range of experiences


Providing employment opportunities for military spouses helps your business meet its human capital goals while improving the quality of life for a military family.


To learn more about this job-ready workforce solution, please contact the Chamber at 360.357.3362.


The Thurston County Chamber is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services.  Auxiliary aids and services may be available upon request to persons with disabilities.  Funds made available through the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and Consortium.

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