Washington’s Workforce Needs: Economist and employer perspectives in today’s labor market

Join us at the 2015 Olympia Economic Symposium! Experts in business and economics will share their perspectives about Washington’s workforce needs in today’s labor market.

What: This half-day event will focus on economic and employment trends in the state and local economies. It’s designed for researchers, economists, policymakers, education professionals, workforce development experts, employers and those who use high-level data to make informed decisions.  


  • State of the state’s labor market
    Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist 
    Labor Market and Performance Analysis

  • Finding the gap: Comparing real-time employer demand, occupational projections and the labor market supply
    Scott Wheeler, Systems Performance Manager
    Labor Market and Performance Analysis

  • Featured panel: Employer perspectives on workforce needs
    Facilitated by Cynthia Forland, Director
    Labor Market and Performance Analysis 
    • Debra Canales, Executive Vice President, Chief People and Experience Officer, Providence Health & Services
    • West Mathison, President and Owner, Stemilt Growers
    • Kristina Hayek, Ed.D, PHR, U.S. Regional Instructional Design and Development Manager, Hexcel Corporation

  • LMPA’s new and improved website!

 Sponsored by the Labor Market and Performance Analysis (LMPA) Division of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

When: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. The event is free. Seating is limited so register early at EventBrite by Oct. 28, 2015 to reserve your seat!

Where:   In the first floor auditorium of the Department of Social and Health Services OB2 building on Capitol Campus, 1115 Washington Street SE, Olympia, Washington 98504. Our brochure has directions, campus map and parking information. For a free ride from visitor parking lots, take the Dash Shuttle. Note: GPS does not always recognize capital campus addresses so please use program directions.

Contact:   Ann Leal, Registration Coordinator, Aleal@esd.wa.gov; 360-407-4541.