Unemployment

Jobless Rate
12:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Job Growth Stalled In Washington, Oregon During September

FILE - In this June 23, 2014 photo, recruiter Christina O, with New Western Acquisitions, left, take Raheem Shaw's resumé during a job fair.
Matt Rourke AP Photo

Job growth stalled during September in Oregon and Washington, according to new numbers from the respective state employment departments.

In Washington's case, state labor economist Paul Turek is not too concerned by one month of flat hiring.

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Unemployment
12:08 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

With Jobless Rate Holding Steady, 2014 On Track To Be 'Best Statewide Since 2005'

FILE - In this March 1, 2011 photo, Mariam Bario, recently relocated to Seattle from Kenya, fills out an application with others at a job fair, in SeaTac, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.6 percent in August — a half-percentage point below the national rate, according to a report released Wednesday by the state’s Employment Security Department.

State labor economist Paul Turek said improving economic conditions bode well for job seekers going into fall.

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Jobless Rate
12:19 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Steady Job Gains Chip Away At Jobless Rate In Wash. State

Steady job gains are chipping away at the unemployment rate in Washington state. New numbers released by the Employment Department Wednesday show the statewide jobless rate dropped to 6.1 percent in April, down from 6.3 percent in March. 

The vast majority of new jobs are being created in the Seattle metro area. In the last reporting month, the jobless rate in 87 percent of Washington counties was higher than the national average.

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Youth Unemployment
1:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

In Toughest Job Market Since WWII, An Uphill Climb For Teens And Young Adults

Nigel Wea, 22, speaks with one of the 80 prospective employers at Tuesday's "Jobfest," a job fair in Tacoma for 16 to 24 year olds.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

High school junior Marcus Hollman wants a job — "something to get me into the job market," he says. But he keeps running into the same words like a brick wall: "professional experience required."

"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.

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Economy
1:33 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Washington Recoups Great Recession Job Losses, With Caveat

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Mary Altaffer AP Photo

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.

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Business
11:02 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Forecast for Pierce County's Economy in 2014: Partly Sunny

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. 

PLU economists Martin Wurm 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. 

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Jobless Rate
1:28 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Washington Unemployment Drops, But Economic Weakness Still Seen

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Mike Groll AP Photo

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 — down from a flat 7 percent the previous month.

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Unemployment
4:01 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits

FILE - A job seeker grabs a flyer advertising a job at Orange County One Stop Center in Westminster, Calif., Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
Jae C. Hong Associated Press

Unemployment benefits are about to run out for tens of thousands of Northwesterners. Without a Congressional extension, payments will stop later this month to people who've been without a job for more than six months.

The holiday season will mean an end to unemployment checks for about 1.3 million Americans, including about 45,000 jobless in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. State benefits are still intact, but those last no more than six months. These cuts affect people who, in some cases, have been looking for work for more than a year.

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state unemployment
7:30 am
Thu September 19, 2013

State Jobless Rate Hews Closest to National Trend During Recovery

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.

The latest figures follow a surprising trend: Washington's jobless numbers hew closer to the national rate than any other state over recent years.

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unemployment rate
11:40 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Unemployment Rate Staying 'Pretty Flat' in Wash. State

Steven Senne, File AP Photo

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.

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.

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economy
4:00 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Washington unemployment up, but construction shows signs of life

Washington's construction sector added nearly 2,000 jobs in August. Photo by Greg Dunlap via Flickr

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:50 pm

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.

Construction was one of the bright spots. That hard-hit sector added nearly 2,000 jobs in August. But chief labor economist Joe Elling says construction is still digging out of a deep hole.

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Business
2:05 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Washington wages outpaced inflation last year

Brian Talbot flickr.com

The average annual wage in Washington grew by 3.6% in 2011. 

The state Employment Security Department says wages outpaced inflation by 0.9 percentage points.

The average annual salary in Washington was $49,894 last year, up from $48,162 in 2010.

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Economy
4:49 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Washington jobs picture brightens, but unemployment up too

Washington state showed strong job growth in May in the private sector, but a slight increase in the unemployment rate. Image via Wash. ESD

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 3:16 pm

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.

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.

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.

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Other News
8:10 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Washington's unemployment rate continues slow drop

Washington's unemployment rate dipped to 8.1 percent in April. Image via U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s jobless rate continues to inch downward. The April numbers 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.

State economist Dave Wallace says so far 2012 is proving to be a recovery year in Washington.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
1:20 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Why is the 'Boeing Bust' still with us?

Images courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry

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.

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.

Why does it still resonate all these years later?

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