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  • 11/30/2018

    Premium collection for Washington’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave program is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2019.
    Passed with bipartisan support in the state Legislature in 2017, Paid Family and Medical Leave will provide every eligible employee in Washington paid time to care for themselves or a loved one through serious illness or injury, to bond with a child coming into the family, and for certain military related events. Eligible individuals may file benefit claims starting Jan. 1, 2020.

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  • 11/14/2018

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy added 12,400 jobs in October and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for October was 4.3 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The October unemployment rate decreased slightly from the September 2018 unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, which establishes a new historical low point for the state. The figures released are preliminary and are subject to revisions.

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  • 11/2/2018

    OLYMPIA – Washington veterans will speak about their military experiences in honor of Veterans Day in a ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 on the state capitol campus.

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  • 11/2/2018

    OLYMPIA - Twelve Washington businesses were honored today for their efforts to hire and support military veterans in 2018.

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  • 10/18/2018

    OLYMPIA –Six public and private employers were honored yesterday for their exemplary work recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting people with disabilities.

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  • 10/17/2018

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy added 4,500 jobs in September and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for September was 4.4 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The September unemployment rate decreased slightly from the August 2018 unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, making it the lowest rate recorded based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data series dating back to 1976.

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  • 10/4/2018

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has declared October 2018 Careers in Manufacturing Month saluting Washington manufacturers for being a cornerstone of the state’s economy and providing high-wage, high-tech jobs across the state.

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  • 10/2/2018

    OLYMPIA – As Washington state prepares to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, the Employment Security Department (ESD) is celebrating a $2.5 million federal grant to help up to 400 workers who develop a potential injury or illness remain at work, return to work or attain a new job.

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