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How can we “recession-proof” Washington’s cities?

State Economy

Economic Opportunity Institute | January 12, 2017

Washington’s cities are the engines of the state’s economy. But given an uncertain political and economic forecast ahead, what can cities do to stay out of economic peril? Some of our local economies are still struggling to rebound from the downturn — others (like Seattle) can’t seem to build quickly enough

2017’s Most & Least Recession-Recovered Cities

State Economy

| January 11, 2017 | WalletHub

Report: At Current Rate, Women Won’t Close Pay Gap Until 2059

Equal Pay State Economy Women in the Workforce Work & Family

| September 27, 2016 | Public News Service

Report: At Current Rate, Women Won’t Close Pay Gap Until 2059

Equal Pay State Economy Women in the Workforce Work & Family

Economic Opportunity Institute | September 22, 2016

If the gender pay gap continues to close at its current rate, women will reach pay equity with men in 2059, according to a new report from the American Association of University Women. Called The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, the report finds full-time working women are slowly closing the disparity,

Closing our stubborn gender wage gap begins and ends with us

Equal Pay Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days State Economy Women in the Workforce Work & Family

Economic Opportunity Institute | September 8, 2016

August 26 commemorated Women’s Equality Day, the date in 1920 when women won the Constitutional right to vote in the United States. This year the date had a little more emotional kick with a woman running for the first time as a serious contender for the Presidency. But it’s taken nearly a full century to gai

Closing our stubborn gender wage gap begins and ends with us

Equal Pay Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days State Economy Women in the Workforce Work & Family

| Marilyn Watkins | September 8, 2016 | South Seattle Emerald

The Summer Institute on Union Women: Breaking Down Barriers and Borders

State Economy

EOI Intern | August 29, 2016

I recently joined the EOI team as one of the summer Policy Interns following my graduation from University of Washington with a Master’s in Public Health! In addition to my regular duties, I recently had the opportunity to attend the Summer Institute on Union Women hosted by the UCLA Labor Center from August

Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

Column State Economy

Economic Opportunity Institute | August 25, 2016

If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run amok and traffic cops try to sort out construction from commuting. But we shouldn’t

Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

Column State Economy

| John Burbank | August 25, 2016 | Everett Herald

Every Job a Path to Opportunity

Equal Pay Minimum Wage Paid Family and Medical Leave Paid Sick Days State Economy Women in the Workforce Work & Family

Report | Marilyn Watkins | August 3, 2016

Washington state has gained jobs at a faster rate than most other states since the Great Recession, but the majority of working families are not benefitting from the economic boom. While high tech companies are attracting thousands of newcomers with promises of high compensation, pay for the typical worker is

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