UW Employment Program

Annual Report

For more than 45 years, the UW Employment Program has been King County’s premier supported employment provider. Our staff support clients in obtaining and maintaining competitive employment in their community. UW Employment Program releases an annual report of client outcomes, program statistics, and year-end highlights.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Katherine Bournelis, Director, or Kurt Johnson, Principal Investigator. 

Katherine Bournelis 


Kurt Johnson 


Annual Report Overview

The UW Employment Programserved 116 clients in 2019. Of these, 99 are currently active clients and 17 exited the program during 2019 (see employment outcomes below) and are waiting to begin services. We provided a wide variety of community based services to the 116 individuals served in year 2019, including functional assessments on actual work sites, job development and training, and long-term follow-up. Here, we report the demographic and outcome data for these 116 individuals.

Client Demographics


Of these 116 individuals, 80 are male and 36 are female.


The average age of all clients served is 33.85 years. The youngest is 16 and the oldest 71.


Ethnicity Count Percentage
White 93 80%
African American 4 3%
Asian 8 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 1%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander 2 2%
Hispanic 1 1%
Other 2 2%
Unknown 6 6%
Toal 116 100%

The largest ethnic group served was Caucasian (93), the next largest group was Asian (8), followed by Black/African-American (4), Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (2), and American Indian or Alaska Native (1). Two identified as other and the ethnicity of six individuals was unknown.

Employment Outcomes

Of the 116 clients served, 77 were employed for all or part of 2019, including 18 new placements. Sixty-six clients were employment by year-end. For those not employed by year-end, 4 were completing CBAs, 4 were in job development, 10 were being provided pre-employment services, 4 were in volunteer sites. Seventeen clients exited UWEP in 2019; 6 successfully obtained employment or completed their contract, 2 decided not to work, 1 retired, 3 entered another program, and 5 elected to leave the program for other various reasons, including funding and health reasons.

Hours Worked

Seven UWEP clients worked full time (>39 hours/week) in 2019, 4 worked between 35-39 hours/week, 16 worked between 20 and 34 hours/week and 59 worked <20 hours/week. The average number of hours worked per week was 15.

Wages & BenEfits

Hourly Wage Count Percentage
Less than $12.00/ hour 0 0%
$12.00 to $14.99/ hour 40 52%
More than $15.00/hour 37 48%

Quantity of Hours

During 2019, the total number of service hours reported for the 116 clients was 6,853.5. The majority of these service hours were for job development, retention, replacement and follow-along for clients receiving long-term funding through King County Developmental Disabilities Division (KCDD). The average number of service hours per client was 59.6 hours.

Types of Client Employment

UWEP clients work in a variety of settings. This graph shows the percentage of clients employed by job type.
Figure 2: Types of Employment 2019