Jobs & the Economy

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Washington state’s economy is growing, but both the quantity and quality of jobs remain cause for concern. While some areas of our state are experiencing low unemployment, many rural counties in particular have unemployment rates up to double the national average. Many people, especially women and people of color, are working part-time because they cannot find full-time work. And while Washington state has been at the forefront of the movement to ensure workers make a higher minimum wage, the high cost of housing in many areas nevertheless makes it extremely difficult for many people to make ends meet.

Our economy requires workers to acquire new skills to stay competitive in the global job market. Washington must develop policies that train our residents for the jobs of tomorrow while helping them meet their basic needs today.


Related Research:

The High Cost of Subprime Lending in Washington State

March 9, 2009 - Our report finds costly mortgages for Latinos and African Americans and suggests that Washington State may not yet have seen the worst of the mortgage crisis.

In Focus: Income gap growing in Washington State

April 9, 2008 - Despite the recent years of economic prosperity, the living standards of low- and middle-income families stagnated or even declined.

New analysis of Census Bureau data: New data shows economic growth has made little progress for working families

August 29, 2006 - It has been four years since the national recession that started and ended in 2001. New data from the Census Bureau gives us an opportunity to compare today's Washington State economy with that of 2000, before the recession. Read the full update.
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