News release year:


  • 10/16/2019

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy lost 3,100 jobs in September and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for September was unchanged at 4.6 percent according to the Employment Security Department.

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  • 9/18/2019

    Washington’s economy gained 2,300 jobs in August and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for August was unchanged at 4.6 percent according to the Employment Security Department.

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  • 8/30/2019

    A new domestic violence survivor resources poster that will be featured in all Washington workplaces was unveiled today (Friday) during a news conference at the YWCA of Yakima by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker and Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) Commissioner Suzi LeVine. The poster will be produced and distributed by ESD.

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  • 8/20/2019

    OLYMPIA - The Employment Security Department (ESD) today announced the inaugural members of the Agricultural and Seasonal Workforce Services Advisory Committee with members representing agricultural workers and employers tasked with examining issues critical to Washington’s over $10 billion agriculture economy. The first meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at ESD headquarters in Olympia, Washington.

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  • 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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