Nonfarm payroll employment soars back in March
OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy gained 27,900 jobs in March and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for March rose slightly to 4.6 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The revised estimated February 2019 unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.5 percent.
Paid Family and Medical Leave Ombuds office available to help
OLYMPIA - The Office of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Ombuds recently launched its new website with information about services and resources for workers and employers who need help resolving issues with the Employment Security Department and the Paid Family and Medical Leave program.
Bill to strengthen Paid Family and Medical Leave program signed into law
A bill to provide updates to Washington’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave program was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday. House Bill 1399 makes several technical corrections to the new program, and clarifies a key provision related to supplementing wages while an employee is out on leave. The Employment Security Department operates the program.
Washington receives federal grant funds to address opioid addiction, homelessness and paths to re-employment in five Western Washington counties
OLYMPIA - As Washington continues to battle an epidemic of opioid addiction, federal officials awarded the state roughly $887,000 in new federal funds to focus on homeless Washingtonians affected by opioid use disorder.
Governor’s Committee to hold public discussion about living with disabilities
OLYMPIA – If you’re interested in improving the lives of Walla Walla and College Place area residents who have disabilities, the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE) wants to hear from you.
Washington 2018 Labor Market and Economic Annual Report: Washington experienced continued economic growth in 2018
OLYMPIA - According to the 2018 Labor Market and Economic Annual Report, produced by the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD), economic growth in Washington expanded in the first half of 2018, building on the 4.7 percent growth in 2017. This was the highest growth rate of any state for the second straight year, well above the 2.2 percent growth achieved by the nation.
Nonfarm payroll employment reverses course in February, sheds jobs
OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy lost 8,700 jobs in February and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for February was 4.5 percent according to the Employment Security Department. The February unemployment rate was unchanged from the revised January 2019 unemployment rate of 4.5 percent. The January figures are preliminary and are subject to revisions.
Paid Family and Medical Leave to launch beta system in April, extend reporting timeline to July
OLYMPIA - Washington’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave program will launch a beta version of its technology platform in April 2019, and go live to the general public July 1, 2019.