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.

Tuition at WA State Public Colleges and Universities

During the 1989-90 academic year, yearly full-time tuition and fees totaled $1,569 at Washington’s community colleges, and $3,488 at the University of Washington. While the average per-student cost of college has remained relatively stable, tuition a

WA Minimum Wage vs. Cost of Living

For nearly 300,000 people working at or near Washington’s minimum wage, the 15-cent cost-of-living adjustment (to $9.47 per hour) on January 1st, 2015 will help their paychecks keep up with the cost of living – but it’s far short of what the vast maj

Monthly Unemployment Rate

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

Average Employment

Washington’s average employment numbers have finally leveled out since the recession. During the pre

Employee Benefits

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


Washington’s overall poverty rate has increased during the post-recession years, remaining persisten