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Unemployment and Underemployment Rates

State Economy State of Working Washington

| July 10, 2018

Washington’s unemployment rate has declined steadily since 2016, and now matches the pre-Great Recession low of 4.7%. It’s been a long road to recovery — and official unemployment numbers do not include the many discouraged people who are no longer actively looking for employment, and others who are working

Average Employment

State Economy State of Working Washington

| January 19, 2018

Washington’s average employment numbers have rebounded since the Great Recession. During the previous recession (in the early 2000’s), the state lost 52,000 jobs before employment began improve. During the Great Recession, Washington’s industries shed three times that – over 157,000 jobs – before jobs began t

WA Minimum Wage vs. Cost of Living

Minimum Wage State of Working Washington

| January 5, 2018

Did you know that 417,000 people in Washington work at or near Washington’s minimum wage (earning less than $12/hour), or that more of Washington’s lowest-wage workers are over age 55 than under age 20? Initiative 1433, passed by Washington voters in 2016, increased Washington’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hou

Poverty

State Economy State of Working Washington

| September 15, 2017

Washington’s overall poverty rate increased in the wake of the Great Recession and remained persistently high through 2013. While the poverty rate has declined somewhat since, in 2016 more than one in ten Washingtonians (nearly 806,000 people) lived below the federal poverty threshold (for example: with an in

Tuition at WA State Public Colleges and Universities

Higher Education State of Working Washington

| September 15, 2017

State budget cuts have driven up the price of college — even as total costs have declined. During the 1989-90 academic year, yearly full-time tuition and fees totaled $3,621 at University of Washington (UW) or Washington State University (WSU). That covered about 16% of the $22,100 total yearly cost per stud

State of Washington Budget

An Inclusive Economy State of Working Washington

| August 29, 2017

Explore the State of Washington’s budget and learn how public resources are being spent. Budget data is updated when new budgets are passed/enacted by the state legislature.

Strong job growth not enough for many Washington families to dig out of last recession

An Inclusive Economy State of Working Washington

Aaron Keating | September 18, 2008

EOI’s latest analysis of Washington’s economy reveals that strong job growth over the past three years wasn’t enough for many workers to dig out of the economic hole created by Washington’s last recession. Having failed to regain income levels and workplace benefits they once enjoyed in 2000, most middle-inco

Washington’s productivity up – but so is income inequality

An Inclusive Economy State of Working Washington

Aaron Keating | September 17, 2008

Washington’s economic experience mirrors that of most of the country in the growth of inequality over the last economic expansion. Over the past decade, the wealthiest households have enjoyed rising incomes, while moderate- and low-income families have barely kept pace with inflation or lost ground. Job growt

Gender gap persists for working women in Washington

A Fair Deal at Work An Inclusive Economy Equal Pay State of Working Washington

Aaron Keating | September 16, 2008

Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton are making big political strides, but in terms of paycheck economics, earnings for women still lag far behind men’s. The good news for women is that hourly earnings have trended up faster than inflation, and they are approaching parity in numbers of jobs. But a detailed look at

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