Unemployment

Washington's Economy
3:36 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

State's jobless rate drops slightly

A few more of us are finding work, according to the latest employment figures released by the state's Employment Security Department on Tuesday. This woman is looking for opportunities at a job fair in Seattle.
AP

Unemployment ticked downward in Washington state in February as hiring picked up. The changes were small, but the job market seems to have “turned the corner,” according to the State's Employment Security department. 

Washington's chief labor economist Dave Wallace, spoke about the fresh data released Tuesday. Wallace says the hard-hit construction industry showed surprisingly strong gains regionally and nationally:

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Unemployment
7:53 am
Mon March 7, 2011

Worker retraining programs run dry at community colleges

David Puki, left, helps inspect a drum brake with Hal Glade, at South Seattle Community College. Puki, a laid-off Boeing worker, is studying to be an auto mechanic.
Ralph Radford AP Photo

Unemployed workers are facing yet another obstacle as they try to get back on their feet. A lot of community colleges have run out of money to retrain them for in-demand jobs. 

It’s hard enough for most people to find work right now, let alone those whose fields have been pummeled by the recession. Changes in the job market have driven more workers than ever to take advantage of grants for retraining. So many, that even though the state spent $17.6 million to train an extra 3,784 people this year, it hasn’t been enough.

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Unemployment
4:38 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

State's jobless rate drops

Washington state added 11,000 jobs in January as the unemployment rate in state dropped from 9.3%  in December to 9.1% at the start of the year.

It's the strongest month of job growth in three years, and the largest since November 2007, the month before the national recession began. The gains came outside the agriculture sector.

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Unemployment
9:31 pm
Sun February 6, 2011

Jobs scarce for young adults in Washington

Frank Benish shows Leah Scott how to operate a cement polisher on Aug. 10, 2010. The demonstration was part of the SODO, Inc., program that helps disadvantaged young people gain job experience.
Seeking Opportunities Developing Occupations (SODO, Inc.)

If you’ve been to grocery stores, malls or restaurants lately – you might have noticed the people working there are a little older than usual. Young adults haven’t had much luck getting those jobs or other entry level work for the last couple of years. At least 123,700 Washingtonians between the ages of 18 and 25 years old want a job but can't find one, according to census data and state surveys. 

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News Roundup
6:31 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Today marks the 24th World AIDS Day. A Seattle AIDS support charity found its offices robbed on the eve of events marking the day.
MultifaithWorks.org

Thousands to lose jobless benefits, Tacoma finds limits to saving Old City Hall, and today is World AIDS Day.

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Washington's Economy
7:09 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

End of emergency unemployment benefits means final checks for thousands in Washington

Nearly 100,000 unemployed people in Washington were on emergency benefits before the federal program expired. There are five job seekers for every open position. The national unemployment rate is 9.6%.
Flickr, by khalilshah

Nearly 100,000 people in Washington will get letters this week, letting them know how soon their unemployment benefits will run out.  Emergency assistance for the long-term jobless has expired.  

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Jobless Benefits
1:32 pm
Mon November 29, 2010

Unemployment checks delayed by work on state computers

Job seekers at a 2009 employment fair. Some people expecting to receive unemployment checks from the state's Employment Security office may find them delayed by a couple of days due to computer work that's taken longer than expected.
AP

A massive computer programming project is putting a slight delay on some unemployment checks in Washington.

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Washington's Economy
12:22 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

State jobless rate steady

Job seekers at an employment fair. Washington State's jobless rate held steay from September to October at 9.1%

The latest figures are out, and the state's unemployment rate is unchanged from last month: 9.1%.


About 1,900  private sector jobs were added last month. That makes five consecutive months of job growth in private industry, according to the Employment Security Department. 


The public sector added 4,000 positions, largely due to education-related hiring in September.

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