Jobs & the Economy
Washington state continues to recover from the economic downturn, but both the quantity and quality of jobs remain cause for concern. The share of people unable to find work remains historically high. In addition, there has been a substantial increase in the number of people working part-time due to a lack of job opportunities, and the majority of jobs in Washington state skew toward lower wages.
Our economy is different now, requiring new skills to keep workers competitive in a global job market. In the fast-paced, ever changing 21st century economy, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind. Future prosperity depends on how well Washington state embraces change and develops policies that support workers and their families moving forward.
- Progress in Focus: To Create Better Jobs, Invest in Workers (blog)
- The Economic Contributions of Immigrants in Washington State (blog)
- IN PURSUIT OF PROSPERITY: Eight Strategies to Rebuild Washington State's Economy (brief)
- Economic Recovery in Washington State? Not So Fast. (blog)
- By Lori Pfingst, PhD As our newly elected leaders reconvene for next legislative session and beyond, it is important they recognize that widely shared prosperity doesn’t happen by accident. History, supported by persuasive research, proves that prosperity happens when we deliberately invest in the foundations of a strong economy – broad and equal opportunity to build knowledge and skills, adequate compensation and support for workers, and adequate investments in conditions that foster economic growth.
- Few of us have escaped the pain of the Great Recession, but the downturn has had an especially severe impact on women in our state. Of the $10 billion in state spending cuts already made, 93 percent have targeted education, health, and human services – areas that disproportionally employ and serve women. This is taking a major toll on the economic well-being, health, and safety of women and their families.