The Greater Eastside has a thriving business community that is anchored by high-tech firms, financial and professional services, retail businesses and corporate headquarters. This diversity has led to steady economic growth.
The state Employment Security Department indicated a strong demand for new workers, specifically in the healthcare industry. The Eastside also experienced growth in the construction, high-tech and manufacturing industries.
The software industry continues to thrive. The Eastside is home to a cluster of software companies, primarily because Microsoft is located there. Businesses involved with computer and data processing are in high demand.
As the metropolitan hub of the Eastside, Bellevue is a major player in the global marketplace. With a diverse and dynamic mix of successful and entrepreneurial businesses, Bellevue is leading the way in commerce and industry. Many companies choose Bellevue and the Eastside as their corporate or regional headquarters. Over the past three decades, employment growth has transformed Bellevue from a suburban residential center to a thriving economic engine. More than 145 businesses are headquartered in the city.