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.
AmeriCorps: A thousand ways to earn and learn
OLYMPIA – More than a thousand slots are available this fall for people to serve their local communities while earning money for college.
Washington posts first job gains since 2008
OLYMPIA - Washington’s economy picked up some steam in January, adding an estimated 12,400 jobs – the first monthly gain since November 2008.
Investigators, auditors shine light on cheaters
OLYMPIA – Cheaters, beware! The Employment Security Department is on your tail. In 2009, Employment Security investigators detected more than $10 million in unemployment benefits that individuals acquired through fraud. Department auditors also discovered 7,671 workers whom employers had failed to report – which amounted to nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes.
Tax time: low-income wage earners can claim tax credit online
OLYMPIA – With a quick click from the WorkSource home page, low-income wage earners can claim the Earned-Income Tax Credit when filing their income-tax forms online.
Washington employers earn $35 million break on 2009 federal taxes
OLYMPIA – Tax-filing season is bringing $35 million of good news to Washington employers who hired certain hard-to-place job seekers in 2009. That’s the amount of Work Opportunity Tax Credits that more than 4,300 employers in Washington can deduct from their 2009 federal income taxes.
Layoff-avoidance program saves jobs
OLYMPIA – More than 20,000 Washington workers got paychecks instead of pink slips in 2009 by participating in the state Employment Security Department’s Shared-Work Program.