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    Uneven Ground

    Report | December 23, 2015 | By Kelli Smith

    Founded as a nation of immigrants, the United States has remained so throughout its expansion and development, and today, immigration continues to shape and reshape the country and its states. The U.S.’s history as an immigrant nation has created the rich racial and ethnic diversity that strengthens our socie

    Chutes and Ladders: How economic mobility is changing in an inequality society

    Report | January 10, 2014 | By Tatsuko Go Hollo

    As the country continues to slowly climb its way out of the Great Recession, rising inequality and a shrinking middle class have become a growing threat to our national economy and shared quality of life. And while the American dream of prosperity, security and opportunity is still the standard by which most

    Evaluating Paid Sick Leave: Social, Economic and Health Implications for Washington

    Report | May 15, 2013 | By Marilyn Watkins

    In today’s economy, many families and businesses are struggling to stay afloat after years of high unemployment, stagnant earnings, and fluctuations in consumer demand. Paid sick leave standards are an important policy tool to help restore economic security for working families, while protecting public health

    On the ropes or on the rebound?

    Issue Brief | October 24, 2012 | By Tatsuko Go Hollo

    Washington state’s economic growth has finally begun to accelerate in 2012, with most sectors adding jobs each month. Yet, employment gains are modest, and the state’s unemployment rate sits at 8.5% while the nation’s has dropped to 7.8%. The slow recovery in construction and continued cuts in public sector j

    Evaluating Family and Medical Leave Insurance for Washington State

    Report | May 11, 2012 | By Marilyn Watkins

    There are a handful of times during one’s career when it will be necessary to take significant time away from work for health or family needs: to welcome a new child, recover from surgery, care for a spouse with cancer, or tend to aging parents. Paid family and medical leave not only enables workers to take t

    Washington’s economy: Back in the frying pan for 2012

    Report | March 5, 2012 | By Tatsuko Go Hollo

    In the four years since the Great Recession began, workers in Washington have faced high unemployment, increased poverty and decreased access to health care coverage. Although the recession officially ended in June of 2009, its effects on workers and families have lingered. In 2010, job prospects for Washingt

    Washington’s Working Women 2012

    Report | December 12, 2011 | By Tatsuko Go Hollo, Tatsuko Go Hollo

    Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, economic recovery has been barely perceptible for the majority of Americans. Unemployment rates remain high, and poverty rates are climbing. Today, 18% of American families with children under 18, and 30% of single mothers, live in poverty. For single m

    Washington’s minimum wage standard

    Issue Brief | December 12, 2011 | By Tatsuko Go Hollo

    Washington is one of 10 states with a cost of living adjustment to its minimum wage, and one of 9 with a rate of $8.00 or more. Beginning in 2012, Washington will be the only state with a minimum wage above $9.00. Minimum wage workers are disproportionately young, female, and people of color, but more than ha

    The State of Working Washington 2011

    Report | March 29, 2011 | By Marilyn Watkins

    The 2000 to 2010 decade was a hard one for America’s and Washington’s working families. While the top fifth gained wealth despite two recessions and sharp stock market swings, for most people the dream of attaining the hallmarks of the American middle class grew further out of reach. Holding a  steady job, ow

    The State of Working Washington 2009

    Report | December 1, 2009 | By Marilyn Watkins, Noah Giansiracusa

    Over the past decade, Washington State residents have become less economically secure. Owning a  home, sending kids to college, accessing medical  care, building an egg nest for retirement – these  basic hallmarks of the American middle class were  within reach forth typical family two decades ago,  but have

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