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WASHINGTON STATE – According to a recent study by Forbes, the North Central Washington area offers the number-one-ranked place to work in the entire Evergreen State.

Issaquah-based wholesale retailer Costco, which has a location in East Wenatchee, placed highest among the publication’s recent list of the top 36 places to be employed in Washington.

Forbes partnered with research firm Statista to craft the research and looked at a variety of factors which formed the basis for the study and its rankings.

Costco’s top spot was garnered for a number of critical factors, including its compensation rates, health coverage, retirement benefits, and dependent care programs.

Other companies that made the list which have locations in the North Central and Columbia Basin regions of the state were Starbucks at #7, Paccar (parent company of Peterbilt) at #9, Verizon at #15, FedEx at #20, Kroger (parent company of Fred Meyer stores) at #21, Marriott International at #22, Big Lots at #24, Home Depot at #28, JPMorgan Chase at #29, Lowe’s at #33, and Dine Brands (parent company of Applebee’s) at #35.

Rounding out the list’s top five companies statewide were Google, Boeing, Nordstrom, and the University of Washington.

Other notable entries in the study were the Issaquah, Auburn, and Central Valley (Spokane) School Districts at #10, 26, and 34, King County at #16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture at #25, and the U.S. Department of Defense at #27.

Seattle-based corporate icons Microsoft and Amazon placed 8th and 14th in the survey respectively.

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