Archive of: Human Resources

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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

Safety record set at Centralia coal plant

As operations at the legacy open-pit coal mine near Centralia shift toward closure and reclamation, its owner reports safety is still a focus and it has another year with no time-loss injuries among its workforce.

September 2016

Minority business group cries foul on ST

Minority-owned small businesses claim they are not given a fair chance to earn work from the massive transit infrastructure jobs underway and planned for the region.

September 2016

State workers may gain 6% pay raise

Labor contract negotiations have arrived at a 6 percent pay increase over two years for the largest group of Washington state agency employees.

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

Orion expanding to Mukilteo

Two jobs training and development social enterprises have merged, according to an announcement today. Orion Industries – a major parts supplier to The Boeing Company – will add a Mukilteo facility.

September 2016

Day(s) of Caring set for Thurston

Business teams and organization volunteers will have two days this fall for United Way of Thurston County's "Day of Caring" participation.

August 2016

Workers’ Comp scam priced at $81,000

Felony charges were presented against a South Sound man for allegedly receiving workers' compensation payments, while also continuing to work.

August 2016

King County residents spending more

With more jobs filled over the prior year, it shouldn't be surprising to see a rise in consumer spending throughout King County from 2014 to 2015, and that trend will likely continue.

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
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