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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