The State of Working Washington

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

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.

Employee Benefits

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


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

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 are rising again post-recession, as the state has begun to s

Tuition at WA State Public Colleges and Universities

In 1990, yearly full-time tuition and fees totalled $1,523 at Washington’s community colleges, and $