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


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

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