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County job numbers, employment improved in 2015


More Kitsap residents were employed and more people were working at jobs inside the county in 2015, according to preliminary year-end numbers released by the Employment Security Department.  

Kitsap jobs

An average of 87,600 people worked for employers within the county last year, a 3.7 percent uptick from 2014. It was also a slight increase from Kitsap’s pre-recession high of 87,400, reported in 2006.

Job growth came from both the private and government sectors, which increased employment by 2.7 percent and 5.4 percent respectively.

Here’s a graphical look at job trends in Kitsap:


Overall employment among Kitsap residents remains lower than before the recession, but there were signs of improvement last year.

0827_KSLO_Wash-625x417The labor force – the total number of people working or seeking work – appeared to stabilize over the past three years, after declining through the recession. Kitsap’s labor force averaged 113,580 in 2015.

Average employment rose in 2014 and 2015, reaching 107,200 last year.

An average of 6,382 Kitsap residents were counted as unemployed last year, though the number only included people who were actively seeking work.

The county’s unemployment rate has fallen steadily since 2010, reaching 5.6 percent in 2015. This was partially due to declines in the labor force.

Here’s a graphical look at employment trends in Kitsap:

The priciest Kitsap home sales of 2015

These were the most expensive homes sold in Kitsap County in 2015, excluding Bainbridge Island (island homes are listed here). Details from public records and online listings. 

1. Olympic View waterfront (CK) — $1.36 million

Sale date: July 7

Location: 6855 NW Brothers View Lane (off Olympic View Loop)

Description: A 4,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bath house on a 2-acre waterfront parcel facing Hood Canal. Built in 2006.

Listing here.

2. President Point waterfront (NK) — $1.35 million

Sale date: Jan. 13

Location: 13176 NE James Way

Description: A 4,600-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath house on 0.4 acres facing Puget Sound. Built in 2009.

“Unobstructed Puget Sound & Cascade mountain range views, stretching from beyond Mt. Baker to Mt. Rainier. Elegance, seamlessly combined with comfort and style.”

Listing and photos here.

3. Scandia waterfront (NK) — $1.2 million

Sale date: June 3

Location: 15716 Virginia Point Road

Description: A 2,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.25-bath house on 0.7 acres, on the south shore of Liberty Bay. Built in 1999.

“Rare property… deep water moorage and tidelands.”

Listing and photos here. Continue reading

The priciest Bainbridge home sales of 2015

blog.sunrise3The median price for homes sold on Bainbridge Island in 2015 was $615,000, meaning a lot of properties sold for a whole lot more.

In fact, 71 Bainbridge homes fetched more than $1 million, according to county assessor’s records. That was up from 55 in 2014, and 47 in 2013.

Below is a look at the top 10 priciest Bainbridge residential sales of 2015. See my 2014 list here.

Top Bainbridge Island Home Sales

These were the most expensive homes sold on Bainbridge Island in 2015. Details from public records and online listings. 

1. Country Club waterfront — $2.77 million

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Sale date: May 21

Location: 11078 Country Club Road

Description: A 5,600-square-foot, three-bedroom, five-bath house situated on 0.78 acres. Built in 2003.

“Sweeping views of Puget Sound and Seattle’s skyline are seen from most rooms of this masterwork in American Arts & Crafts Architecture, sited at the mouth of Blakely Harbor.”

Listing and photos here.

2. Point White waterfront — $2.75 million

Sale date: Oct. 19

Location: 3220 Point White Drive NE

Description: A 3,300-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.75-bath house on 0.43 acres, facing Rich Passage. Built in 1979.

“Poised on 162’ of south-facing low bank waterfront, this stunning Hal Moldstad design is classic Northwest style at its best…comfortable, understated and serene… in perfect harmony with its landscape.”

Listing and photos here. Continue reading