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Five possible reasons your paycheck is smaller than it ought to be

Reason #5: Fewer good choices for jobs. U.S. trade and economic policies are creating more low-wage and high-wage jobs, while hollowing out the job market for middle-class jobs. (Washington Post) Reason #4: You are a woman working in Seattle. Overall, women are paid 77 cents

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Will paying less than the minimum wage lower teen unemployment? Economists say “No”

Today the Senate Labor & Workforce Development Committee is holding a work session on teen unemployment, at which they are discussing Senate Bill 5275. SB 5275 would “allow employers to pay a training wage for a specified period of time,” giving employers

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Conjuring a High-Tech Labor Shortage

We hear two views about the high-tech work force. On one hand, employers warn of a dire labor shortage. On the other, recent high-tech graduates can’t find jobs. Many face crushing student loans that they may never pay off. Mid-career high-tech workers are steadily being let go. Discouraged mid-career workers take lower-paid service jobs after months of searching for a job as good as the one they lost.

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Voting for jobs

As Washington voters consider their ballots in the final days of election season, there’s no doubt many are thinking about the economy. So where does Washington’s economy stand? Economic growth has finally begun to accelerate in 2012, with most sectors

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Great Recession hangover: Unemployment is up as WA continues to struggle

Recently the Employment Security Department released its latest unemployment numbers for Washington: 8.6% unemployment in August – up from 8.5% in July and 8.3% in June. We would expect to see a concurrent fall in jobs numbers. Fewer jobs mean

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Self, meet sabotage: How higher ed budget cuts are undercutting Washington’s economic recovery

The more education you have, the better your prospects in both recession and recovery – but Washington state is putting higher ed further out of reach While the Great Recession officially ended three years ago, millions of workers and their

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Nationally, women making some gains on the gender job gap

The economic recovery has been different for women than for men, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Women experienced a later start to job loss during the recession and have recovered at a slower pace. National jobs numbers

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Posted in State Economy, Women in the Workforce

More rough economic seas ahead for Washington’s women unless legislators act

With the official end of the Great Recession two and a half years behind us, few people have seen any economic gains – and many are worse off than at the height of the recession, including women and children. There’s

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Posted in State Economy, Women in the Workforce

Budget deal puts a lid on our economy

From the Everett Herald: Can we all breathe a sigh of relief now that Congress has passed and the president has signed a bill increasing the debt ceiling and cutting the budget by $1 trillion? After all, it seems like

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Posted in Column, State Economy

Why the jobless recovery is unique to America

You might not know this, but while the Great Recession is still hammering American workers and small businesses, recovery is well under way in other nations. What’s more, the pain of our recession is no longer spread evenly across the

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