Jobs & the Economy

Worker (gif)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.

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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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Budget Matters 2017 Save the Date


Save the Date!

We will host two Budget Matters policy summits this year – one in Spokane on October 31 and one in Seattle on December 6! The Spokane summit, featuring Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will focus on the impact of federal and state policy decisions on eastern Washington communities. The Seattle summit, featuring Glenn Harris of Race Forward, will examine what it would take to lift up everyone to advance progress in our state. More details coming soon!

Our Policy Priorities

Washington state should be a place where all our residents have strong communities, great schools, and the chance for a bright future. Our 2017-2019 Legislative Agenda outlines the priorities we are working to advance to build a better Washington.

Budget Beat!

Check out the Budget Beat webinars we hosted throughout the 2017 legislative session, including our most recent Budget Beat about federal budget proposals, featuring Louisa Warren of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on our YouTube channel

Testimonies in Olympia

To advance our legislative priorities, the Budget & Policy Center team was in the state capitol throughout session testifying on a wide range of bills. Watch our testimonies on TVW:
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