Increase in 2009 wages brings small bump in jobless benefits
OLYMPIA – The loss of thousands of low-paying jobs helped to increase the average wage in Washington in 2009, according to the Employment Security Department. The 1.9 percent increase drove the average annual wage to $47,153, the smallest increase since 2004. The average weekly wage was $906.
Jobless rate drops for second straight month
OLYMPIA – Washington’s unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent in May, the lowest level since the same month a year ago. The state economy also picked up an estimated 8,600 jobs in May, the bulk of which were federal Census jobs. With the May job gains, Washington has added jobs in four of the first five months of 2010, for a net gain of 25,800 so far this year.
Gov. Gregoire encourages use of tax credits to put Washingtonians back to work
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today urged Washington employers to take advantage of new federal tax credits worth thousands of dollars for hiring unemployed workers.
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.