State's labor market continued to improve in July
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.
State adds 6,000 jobs in June, unemployment rate holds steady
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.
Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits one-step closer as technology system launches
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.
Governor Inslee awards $5.8 million in grants for local communities to improve lives of families facing poverty
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).
ADVISORY: YesVets hiring initiative spotlights local veteran-owned business, celebrates more than 3,800 vets hired
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.
Payroll hiring moderates slightly in May
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.
Washington's average wage tops $65,000 in 2018
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.
Elizabeth Gordon assumes leadership of Governor’s Committee
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.