Clallam County occupies a long and
narrow area in the most northwestern corner of Washington state. Encompassing
part of the Olympic Peninsula, the county includes 1,738 square miles of mostly
forested and mountainous land. The county
was created in 1854 and originated from Jefferson County. The name of the county
comes from a Klallam word meaning "the strong people."
The region’s 200 miles of coastline have fostered the maritime
and fishing industries. Traditionally, much of the economy of county has
reflected this natural abundance with jobs in forestry, wood products and
fisheries. As demand has declined for some of the goods-producing and
agricultural products in the county, positions in leisure and tourism have grown
in their place. The labor market continues to develop, benefiting from the
region’s natural resources.
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