Washington jobless rate falls for first time in three years
OLYMPIA – Washington’s unemployment rate fell in April for the first time in more than three years, backed by an increase of 5,800 jobs. The rate went from 9.5 percent in March to 9.2 percent in April. The last time the unemployment rate declined was March 2007, when the rate moved from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent, a record low in Washington. Since then, the rate has stayed the same or increased for 36 straight months.
High-paying jobs, minimum-wage jobs increased in 2009
OLYMPIA – While the state was shedding thousands of jobs in late 2008 and early 2009, high-paying and minimum-wage jobs, and the median wage all increased, according to a new report released today by the Employment Security Department.
March sees more job growth, slight rise in jobless rate
OLYMPIA – Washington’s economy gained an estimated 1,600 jobs in March, while the unemployment rate edged up to 9.5 percent from February’s revised rate of 9.4 percent.
Fewer firms offering medical coverage to workers
OLYMPIA – Finding a job right now can be tough, and finding one that comes with medical benefits is even tougher.
In tight job market, agricultural work stays steady
OLYMPIA – Agricultural jobs in Washington are looking more attractive again as thousands of unemployed workers look for any opportunity to earn a paycheck.
Gov. Gregoire announces Washington state economy is getting "greener"
OLYMPIA– Gov. Chris Gregoire today unveiled results of a new report by the state’s Employment Security Department that shows Washington increased the number of private-sector green jobs by nearly one-third over the last year.
Washington’s jobless rate takes a step back in February
OLYMPIA– After posting the first job gains in more than a year in January, Washington’s economy dropped an estimated 8,300 jobs in February. Washington’s unemployment rate remained above 9 percent for the 7th straight month, rising up from January’s 9.3 percent to an estimated 9.5 percent in February. The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 9.7 percent.
New job-vacancy report reveals reasons for optimism
OLYMPIA – On the heels of the first month of positive job numbers in more than a year, a new job-vacancy report provides further evidence that Washington’s economic outlook may be brightening.