News release year:


  • 8/15/2018

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy added 12,400 jobs in July and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for July was 4.6 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The July unemployment rate decreased slightly from the June 2018 unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, matching a historical low.

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  • 7/26/2018

    OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee today announced nearly $5 million in new federal grant funds to help Washingtonians affected by opioid use disorder find employment. The National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant will support projects in Snohomish, Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Lewis and Pacific counties.

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  • 7/25/2018

    Washington Reading Corps member Kathryn Dressler caused an explosion in an elementary school classroom last year and didn’t hurt a soul.

    In fact, the kids felt like superheroes and the teachers cheered because the blast blew the kids’ reading scores through the roof. It was a “reading explosion,” said some teachers at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy.

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  • 7/18/2018

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy added 4,100 jobs in June and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for June was 4.7 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The June unemployment rate was unchanged from May 2018 unemployment rate of 4.7 percent.

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  • 7/10/2018

    YAKIMA — Leaders of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) and Employment Security Department (ESD) joined with area businesses, veterans and legislators today in Yakima to celebrate the third anniversary of YesVets, a statewide veterans hiring program.

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  • 7/9/2018

    Washington’s Employment Security Department welcomes Suzan “Suzi” LeVine, former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as its new commissioner today.

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  • 6/27/2018

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s average annual wage grew by 5.0 percent in 2017 to $61,887, according to the state Employment Security Department—representing the largest percentage increase year over year since 2007.

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  • 6/18/2018

    OLYMPIA – Workers and certain on-site contract workers who were laid-off by M. Torres America, may qualify for free training for a new occupation, financial assistance and other benefits through the federal Trade Act.

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