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.

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June 29, 2009 - A recent report issued by the Washington State Budget & Policy Center finds that for those living in poverty and struggling to keep food on the table, financial and geographic barriers make it harder to shop at grocery stores.

Payday Lenders in Washington Communities

May 1, 2009 - Lower income families struggle with an increasing gap between their incomes and the costs of basic necessities.
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