The State of Working Washington

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 slowly add jobs in most sectors. During the previous recession of the early 2000s, the state lost an average of 55,000 jobs before sectors began adding

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 $3,431 at the University of Washington. But even as the average per-student cost of college has declined, the price students and families pay (tuition

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


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

Employee Benefits

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