Archive of: Work Force

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More available workers & jobs

Attracted by the strong regional economy, Washington's available workforce continues to add people looking for work. Fortunately, the growth in news jobs is keeping pace, measured from one year ago.

October 2016

Jobless rate falling, jobs growing

Additional new jobs created in government and the private sector helped to lower the Evergreen State's unemployment rate last month.

October 2016

Holiday hiring outlook stronger

Washington state's strong economy bodes well for an active holiday shopping season, according to labor economists. As a result, they are predicting nearly twice as many seasonal jobs to be created this year, compared to 2015.

October 2016

State minimum wage going up

It is certain that the minimum wage in Washington next year will be higher than it is now. What is not clear is whether that will be $9.53 per hour or $11.00 per hour.

September 2016

Campaign finance penalty for unions

Unreported support for political committees that came from labor unions caused a civil penalty announced today by the state Attorney General Office.

September 2016

County unemployment numbers for August released

Washington’s Employment Security Department has released its monthly county employment report for August, and the picture remains very much the same as it has for months.

September 2016

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
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