The State of Working Washington

State of Washington Budget

Explore the State of Washington’s budget and learn how the money is being spent. Budget data is updated when new legislative proposals are released.

WA Minimum Wage vs. Cost of Living

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, increa


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 inco

Average Employment

Washington’s average employment numbers have rebounded since the Great Recession. During the previou

Tuition at WA State Public Colleges and Universities

During the 1989-90 academic year, yearly full-time tuition and fees totaled $1,571 at Washington’s c

Monthly Unemployment Rate

By the end of the Great Recession, Washington’s average rate of unemployment was above 10%. It took

Employee Benefits

Washington firms are less likely to provide every kind of benefit now than in 2002, when the Employm