Unemployment-insurance program turns 75
OLYMPIA – The state of Washington has paid out $28 billion in unemployment benefits to more than 11 million workers since the unemployment-insurance system was created 75 years ago.
Employment Security Commissioner to leave state government
OLYMPIA – Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee announced today that she will leave her post at the end of September to take a new job.
Washington claimants will be notified automatically about newly extended federal jobless benefits
OLYMPIA – Now that Congress has approved another extension to federal jobless benefits, officials with the Washington State Employment Security Department are urging claimants to not call the claims center to inquire about their eligibility.
Washington job-vacancy report shows first gains in three years
OLYMPIA – Job openings in Washington increased for the first time in nearly three years, according to the Employment Security Department’s “Spring 2010 Washington Job-Vacancy Survey.”
Private-sector jobs increased in June
OLYMPIA – Private-sector payrolls continued to grow in June and Washington’s unemployment rate fell for the third straight month, to 8.9 percent – the lowest rate since April 2009. The May unemployment rate was revised upward from 9.1 percent to 9.2 percent after more analysis.
New law improves tax fairness for employers
OLYMPIA – A new law improves the fairness of Washington’s tax system for employers who fail to pay unemployment taxes on time. Until now, delinquent employers were assigned the maximum possible tax rate, plus a penalty amount, regardless of whether their regular tax rate was 1 percent or 6 percent.
Annual report: No job shortage in agriculture
OLYMPIA – Washington state produced a bumper crop of agricultural jobs in 2009, according to a report released today by the Employment Security Department.
Supplemental green-jobs report focuses on forestry
OLYMPIA – More than 10 percent of forestry-related jobs are green, compared to about 3 percent for the state economy as a whole, according to a new report by the Employment Security Department.