News release year:


  • 8/14/2019

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy gained 13,400 jobs in July and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for July was unchanged at 4.6 percent according to the Employment Security Department.

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  • 7/17/2019

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy gained 6,000 jobs in June and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for June was unchanged at 4.6 percent according to the Employment Security Department.

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  • 7/2/2019

    OLYMPIA - Monday marked a major milestone in the run-up to Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits becoming available statewide in January 2020. The new system launched for employer reporting and payments in time for 2019 quarters one and two reporting to begin on July 1.

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  • 6/26/2019

    Gov. Jay Inslee recently awarded $5.8 million in grants to fight poverty in Washington. The grants, awarded from the Governor’s federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Statewide Activities fund, will support organizations in four local Workforce Development Areas (WDAs) who are developing plans and sustainable activities to lift approximately 900 poverty-level families to above 200 percent of federal poverty level (FPL).

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  • 6/26/2019

    Matt Griffin, Chief Executive Officer of Combat Flip Flops, will join leaders from the state departments of Employment Security (ESD) and Veterans Affairs (DVA) as well as key legislators, human resource professionals and businesses to celebrate the fourth anniversary of YesVets – a statewide initiative to recognize businesses that hire veterans.

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  • 6/19/2019

    Washington’s economy gained 9,600 jobs in May and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for May remained steady at 4.7 percent, according to the Employment Security Department. The revised estimated April 2019 unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.7 percent.

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  • 6/12/2019

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s average annual wage grew by 5.5 percent in 2018 to $65,301, according to the state Employment Security Department—representing the largest percentage increase year over year since 2006.

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  • 6/6/2019

    OLYMPIA - For her first year on the job, Elizabeth Gordon says she will focus on helping employ workers who are injured, ill or receiving Social Security benefits because of a disability.

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