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August jobs picture slightly improved

Without much actual change, the statewide unemployment rate did improve slightly in August. Washington remains almost one-percentage point higher than the national average, in part because the state's workforce keeps rising as folks move here in search of jobs.

September 2016

Start of school means limits on teen work hours

With the onset of the school year upon us, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is reminding employers to be aware of changes to work hours and requirements of teen employees.

August 2016

South Sound jobless rates exceed state

While there are 100,000 more jobs in Washington state today over the same point of 2015, local unemployment rates remain higher than the statewide average, which itself exceeds the U.S. rate.

August 2016

State jobless rate steady, with new jobs

Little change is included in today's July unemployment report for Washington and its counties. But comparisons to one year ago continue to be very strong, with an estimated 100,000 additional jobs created since mid-summer 2015.

August 2016

WCIT applauds longshore union's decision to meet with PMA

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s Thursday decision to discuss a contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association is already drawing praise from industry stakeholders.

August 2016

Longshore union delegates vote to meet with PMA

More than 100 union delegates from 30 West Coast ports gathered this week to decide whether the International Longshore and Warehouse Union should talk to employers about extending the current collective bargaining agreement.

August 2016

Three construction unions return to group

A number of labor organizations in construction-related fields are coming back together to present a unified statewide voice for union works in the community and industry marketplace.

July 2016

$13.50/hr & sick leave petitions today

It appears Washington voters will be facing a November ballot measure that promises to raise the state's minimum wage and require employers to provide paid sick leave.

July 2016

Unions to rally in Tacoma tomorrow

Environmental groups and labor union organizations will have a family-friendly rally in downtown Tacoma on Saturday to express their disapproval of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal pending before Congress.

June 2016

Finding, hiring quality gets tougher

A shortage of qualified candidates for available jobs is being reported by human resources managers nationwide. Manufacturing, healthcare and social assistance have the most challenging hiring tasks.

June 2016
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