Washington unemployment http://kplu.org en Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In Washington, Dips In Oregon http://kplu.org/post/unemployment-rate-holds-steady-washington-dips-oregon <p>The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.4 percent, according to February’s numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department.</p><p>State labor economist Paul Turek says an economy in growth mode is luring discouraged jobseekers off the sidelines and swelling the labor pool.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:08:02 +0000 Tom Banse 15056 at http://kplu.org Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In Washington, Dips In Oregon Washington Unemployment Drops, But Economic Weakness Still Seen http://kplu.org/post/washington-unemployment-drops-economic-weakness-still-seen <p>The unemployment rate in Washington dropped a notch in November. New numbers released by the state Wednesday peg the jobless rate at 6.8 percent —&nbsp;down from a flat 7 percent the previous month.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:28:25 +0000 Tom Banse 11854 at http://kplu.org Washington Unemployment Drops, But Economic Weakness Still Seen Wash. to Regain Some Long-Term Jobless Benefits http://kplu.org/post/wash-regain-some-long-term-jobless-benefits <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A worsening unemployment rate in Washington state is leading to extended unemployment benefits for some.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The state's Employment Security Department said Monday that the state's three-month unemployment rate average has risen back to 7 percent. That means some additional federally-funded emergency unemployment compensation will restart Sunday, extending benefits for nine weeks.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:15:19 +0000 The Associated Press & Paula Wissel 11363 at http://kplu.org Wash. to Regain Some Long-Term Jobless Benefits New Data Points Show 'Soft Patch' in Hiring, Slow Overall Growth http://kplu.org/post/new-data-points-show-soft-patch-hiring-slow-overall-growth <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state hit a soft patch in hiring and saw slow overall growth, according to two new data points released Wednesday.</span></p><p>Washington state's unemployment rate essentially held steady at 7 percent from August through October. Federal government furloughs delayed the release of the data last month, which resulted in the release of two sets this month.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:10:16 +0000 Tom Banse 11181 at http://kplu.org State Unemployment Rate Holds Steady in June http://kplu.org/post/state-unemployment-rate-holds-steady-june <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">The unemployment rate held steady in Washington state in June, standing at 6.8 percent, according to the monthly update released in Olympia Wednesday.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:30:49 +0000 Tom Banse 9362 at http://kplu.org Wash. unemployment unchanged in August http://kplu.org/post/wash-unemployment-unchanged-august <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. - The unemployment rate held steady at 9-point-3 percent in Washington state in August. The state Employment Department released fresh jobs numbers Wednesday, a day after Oregon reported a slight uptick in its unemployment rate. Now it&#39;s at 9-point-6 percent.</p><p>In Washington, Employment Department chief economist Dave Wallace says the private sector statewide has added jobs for twelve months in a row now. But he says jobs need to be added at a faster pace to chip away at the unemployment rate.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:07:34 +0000 Tom Banse 2628 at http://kplu.org Wash. jobless rate notches back up to 9.3 percent http://kplu.org/post/wash-jobless-rate-notches-back-93-percent <p>Washington&#39;s jobless rate is turning back up, reaching 9.3 percent in July after falling to as low as 9.1 percent earlier this year.</p><p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 17:43:37 +0000 The Associated Press 2336 at http://kplu.org Go north? B.C. reports more jobs than workers by 2016 http://kplu.org/post/go-north-bc-reports-more-jobs-workers-2016 <p>With Washington&rsquo;s unemployment hovering at 9.2 percent and the economy sputtering along, new figures released yesterday in British Columbia makes one wonder if going north might not be the next big emigration story.</p><p>A new provincial government report predicts the number of skilled workers needed will exceed the supply of workers available by 2016. One million job openings are expected in B.C. by 2020.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:57:55 +0000 Jake Ellison 2148 at http://kplu.org Go north? B.C. reports more jobs than workers by 2016