WA Minimum Wage vs. Cost of Living

Minimum Wage State of Working Washington

| October 12, 2017

Did you know that more of the lowest-wage workers are over age 55 than under 20? Or that 417,000 people in Washington work at or near Washington’s minimum wage (earning less than $12/hour)? Initiative 1433, passed by Washington voters in 2016, increased Washington’s minimum wage to $11.00 per hour on January

Tuition at WA State Public Colleges and Universities

Higher Education State of Working Washington

| September 15, 2017

During the 1989-90 academic year, yearly full-time tuition and fees totaled $1,629 at Washington’s community colleges, and $3,621 at the University of Washington (in 2017 dollars). Since then, the average cost of education per student has remained relatively stable at 4-year colleges and universities, but tui

State of Washington Budget

An Inclusive Economy State of Working Washington

| August 29, 2017

Explore the State of Washington’s budget and learn how public resources are being spent. Budget data is updated when new budgets are passed/enacted by the state legislature.


State Economy State of Working Washington

| November 18, 2015

Washington’s overall poverty rate has increased during the post-recession years, remaining persistently high through 2013, with a slight drop in 2014. Still, nearly one in seven Washingtonians lived below the federal poverty level in 2014 – with income less than $23,850 for a family of four. Rates are higher

Average Employment

State Economy State of Working Washington

| November 13, 2015

Washington’s average employment numbers have rebounded since the Great Recession. During the previous recession of the early 2000s, the state lost 52,000 jobs before sectors began adding again. During the Great Recession, Washington’s industries shed three times that – over 157,000 jobs – before beginning to

Monthly Unemployment Rate

State Economy State of Working Washington

| August 19, 2015

By the end of the Great Recession, Washington’s average rate of unemployment was above 10%. It took nearly 18 months beyond the official end of the recession for the rate to begin dropping steadily. After stagnating through the middle months of 2013, the rate fell under 7% by July 2013, and to 6% by July 2014

Employee Benefits

State Economy State of Working Washington

| October 29, 2014

Washington firms are less likely to provide every kind of benefit now than in 2002, when the Employment Security Department began collecting data. The proportion of firms providing health insurance for full-time workers dropped from 76% in 2002 to 55% in 2013, and fewer firms are providing retirement and paid

Strong job growth not enough for many Washington families to dig out of last recession

An Inclusive Economy State of Working Washington

Aaron Keating | September 18, 2008

EOI’s latest analysis of Washington’s economy reveals that strong job growth over the past three years wasn’t enough for many workers to dig out of the economic hole created by Washington’s last recession. Having failed to regain income levels and workplace benefits they once enjoyed in 2000, most middle-inco

Washington’s productivity up – but so is income inequality

An Inclusive Economy State of Working Washington

Aaron Keating | September 17, 2008

Washington’s economic experience mirrors that of most of the country in the growth of inequality over the last economic expansion. Over the past decade, the wealthiest households have enjoyed rising incomes, while moderate- and low-income families have barely kept pace with inflation or lost ground. Job growt

Gender gap persists for working women in Washington

A Fair Deal at Work An Inclusive Economy Equal Pay State of Working Washington

Aaron Keating | September 16, 2008

Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton are making big political strides, but in terms of paycheck economics, earnings for women still lag far behind men’s. The good news for women is that hourly earnings have trended up faster than inflation, and they are approaching parity in numbers of jobs. But a detailed look at

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