The State of Working Washington

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

Tuition at WA State Public Colleges and Universities

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 re

State of Washington Budget

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.


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

Average Employment

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

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