Unemployment http://kplu.org en In Toughest Job Market Since WWII, An Uphill Climb For Teens And Young Adults http://kplu.org/post/toughest-job-market-wwii-uphill-climb-teens-and-young-adults <p>High school junior Marcus Hollman&nbsp;wants a job — "something to get me into the job market," he says. But&nbsp;he keeps running into the same words like a brick wall: "professional experience required."</p><p>"There are very few employers ready to accept someone with no previous experience," said Hollman, a student at Harrison Preparatory Academy, after attending a youth-oriented job fair in Tacoma on Tuesday.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:22:02 +0000 Kyle Stokes 16066 at http://kplu.org In Toughest Job Market Since WWII, An Uphill Climb For Teens And Young Adults Washington Recoups Great Recession Job Losses, With Caveat http://kplu.org/post/washington-recoups-great-recession-job-losses-caveat <p>It took four years, but Washington has now recovered more jobs than it lost during the Great Recession. But Wednesday’s announcement comes with a caveat.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:33:35 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14483 at http://kplu.org Washington Recoups Great Recession Job Losses, With Caveat Forecast for Pierce County's Economy in 2014: Partly Sunny http://kplu.org/post/forecast-pierce-countys-economy-2014-partly-sunny <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s taking longer for Pierce County to bounce back from the recession than counties to the north, such as King and Snohomish. But economists at Pacific Lutheran University expect the economy in Tacoma and the region to show some improvement this year.&nbsp;</span></p><p>PLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> economists Martin </span>Wurm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Neal Johnson have been crunching the numbers on everything from Pierce County’s housing market to retail sales to come up with an economic forecast.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:02:07 +0000 Ashley Gross 12451 at http://kplu.org 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 Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits http://kplu.org/post/long-term-unemployed-face-end-benefits <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unemployment benefits are about to run out for tens of thousands of </span>Northwesterners<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Without a Congressional extension, payments will stop later this month to people who've been without a job for more than six months.</span></p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:01:20 +0000 Chris Lehman 11703 at http://kplu.org Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits State Jobless Rate Hews Closest to National Trend During Recovery http://kplu.org/post/state-jobless-rate-hews-closest-national-trend-during-recovery <p>The unemployment rate in Washington state edged up slightly in August to an even 7 percent as hiring slowed, according to new numbers released Wednesday from the state Employment Department.</p><p>The latest figures follow a surprising trend: Washington's jobless numbers hew closer to the national rate than any other state over recent years.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:30:39 +0000 Tom Banse 10066 at http://kplu.org Unemployment Rate Staying 'Pretty Flat' in Wash. State http://kplu.org/post/unemployment-rate-staying-pretty-flat-wash-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington's statewide unemployment rate is staying "pretty flat" this summer according to a state labor economist. A fresh jobs report released Wednesday shows the unemployment rate ticked up a tiny bit to 6.9 percent in July, from 6.8 percent in June.</span></p><p>But state economist Paul Turek says he puts more stock in a different number from the monthly jobs report. He says the number of new jobs created last month continues to expand at a "decent" pace.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:40:24 +0000 Tom Banse 9628 at http://kplu.org Unemployment Rate Staying 'Pretty Flat' in Wash. State Washington unemployment up, but construction shows signs of life http://kplu.org/post/washington-unemployment-construction-shows-signs-life OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s idled construction industry continued to show signs of life in August. Nonetheless, the state’s jobless rate still rose slightly. Overall Washington lost 1,100 jobs last month. The new unemployment rate announced Wednesday is 8.6 percent -– up a tenth of a percent from July.<p>Construction was one of the bright spots. That hard-hit sector added nearly 2,000 jobs in August. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:00:08 +0000 Austin Jenkins 6407 at http://kplu.org Washington unemployment up, but construction shows signs of life Washington wages outpaced inflation last year http://kplu.org/post/washington-wages-outpaced-inflation-last-year <p>The average annual wage in Washington grew by 3.6% in 2011.&nbsp;</p><p>The state <a href="http://www.esd.wa.gov/newsandinformation/releases/average-wage-grew-in-2011-12-024.php">Employment Security Department</a>&nbsp;says wages outpaced inflation by 0.9 percentage points.</p><p>The average annual salary in Washington was $49,894 last year, up from $48,162 in 2010.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:05:25 +0000 Dave Meyer 5337 at http://kplu.org Washington wages outpaced inflation last year Washington jobs picture brightens, but unemployment up too http://kplu.org/post/washington-jobs-picture-brightens-unemployment-too OLYMPIA, Wash. - The latest jobs report for Washington state contains a paradox. It shows strong job growth in the private sector. But at the same time, the state unemployment rate also rose.<p>Washington's Employment Department Wednesday reported a May jobless rate of 8.3 percent, up slightly from the revised 8.2 percent rate of April.<p>State labor economist Anneliese Vance-Sherman said in a conference call that the higher unemployment rate was caused primarily by once-discouraged workers resuming their job hunts.<p>"This could be a good sign," she said. Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:49:31 +0000 Tom Banse 5274 at http://kplu.org Washington jobs picture brightens, but unemployment up too Washington's unemployment rate continues slow drop http://kplu.org/post/washingtons-unemployment-rate-continues-slow-drop <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s jobless rate continues to inch downward. <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/docs/economic-reports/current-monthly-employment-report.pdf">The April numbers</a> out Wednesday put unemployment at 8.1 percent . That’s down from 8.3 percent in March. Most of April’s job growth was in manufacturing. </p> <p>State economist Dave Wallace says so far 2012 is proving to be a recovery year in Washington.</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 15:10:30 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5032 at http://kplu.org Washington's unemployment rate continues slow drop Why is the 'Boeing Bust' still with us? http://kplu.org/post/why-boeing-bust-still-us <p>Maybe you’ve heard the line, "Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights." That well-worn phrase came from a billboard in 1971 as the Boeing Company stalled and then fell into a tailspin.</p><p>And while the "Boeing Bust" happened a long time ago, that economic slump, almost as much as the most recent one, is still a part of our collective consciousness.</p><p>Why does it still resonate all these years later?</p><p><a href="http://www.kpluwonders.org/content/why-boeing-bust-still-us">Read more on I Wonder Why ... ?</a> Fri, 11 May 2012 08:20:50 +0000 Katherine Banwell 4998 at http://kplu.org Why is the 'Boeing Bust' still with us? The Secret To Germany's Low Youth Unemployment http://kplu.org/post/secret-germanys-low-youth-unemployment-answers-washington For as long as he can remember, German teenager Robin Dittmar has been obsessed with airplanes. As a little boy, the sound of a plane overhead would send him into the backyard to peer into the sky. Toys had to have wings. Even today, Dittmar sees his car as a kind of ersatz Boeing.<p>"I've got the number 747 as the number plate of my car. I'm really in love with this airplane," the 18-year-old says.<strong> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:47:46 +0000 Eric Westervelt 4644 at http://kplu.org The Secret To Germany's Low Youth Unemployment Extended unemployment benefits ending in Washington and Oregon http://kplu.org/post/extended-unemployment-benefits-ending-washington-and-oregon OLYMPIA, Wash. - Thousands of long-term unemployed workers in Washington and Oregon will soon no longer receive unemployment checks. The federal government won't pay for extended benefits anymore because the jobless rates have improved in both states.<p>Washington and Oregon's employment departments announced that one emergency unemployment program is being curtailed and another is being shut down completely this month. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 23:11:02 +0000 4639 at http://kplu.org Federal lab, PNNL, in Richland to lay off 45 http://kplu.org/post/federal-lab-pnnl-richland-lay-45 <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &mdash; The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory plans to lay off 45 employees this week.</p><div><p>The cutbacks are in order to adjust to the latest federal budget approved in December.</p><p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:21:58 +0000 The Associated Press 4498 at http://kplu.org