The State of Working Washington

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 persistently high through 2013. The statewide poverty level actually increased from 13.5% in 2012 to 14.1% in 2013. Nearly than one in seven Washingtonians liv

Monthly Unemployment Rate

By the end of the Great Recession, Washington’s average rate of unemployment was above 10%. It took nearly 18 months beyond the official end of the recession for the rate to begin dropping steadily. After stagnating through the middle months of 2013,

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 $

State of Washington Budget

Explore the State of Washington’s budget and learn how the money is being spent. Budget data is upda

WA Minimum Wage vs. Cost of Living

For nearly 300,000 people working at or near Washington’s minimum wage, the 13-cent cost-of-living a