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