unemployment http://kuow.org en Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In Washington, Dips In Oregon http://kuow.org/post/unemployment-rate-holds-steady-washington-dips-oregon <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031914TB_Turek_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington state's unemployment rate <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/reports-publications/economic-reports/monthly-employment-report">held steady in February at 6.4 percent</a> according to fresh numbers from the state Employment Security Department.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:10:38 +0000 Tom Banse 30910 at http://kuow.org Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In Washington, Dips In Oregon U.S. Legislators Show Progress In Washington, D.C. http://kuow.org/post/us-legislators-show-progress-washington-dc <p>Steve Scher talks with Andrea Seabrook, founder of <a href="http://www.decodedc.com/"><em>DecodeDC</em></a>, about how the so-called lame-duck Congress may be turning over a new leaf. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:38:40 +0000 Steve Scher & Hannah Burn 30693 at http://kuow.org U.S. Legislators Show Progress In Washington, D.C. Zachary Karabell: Unemployment Rate Doesn't Tell Us Much http://kuow.org/post/zachary-karabell-unemployment-rate-doesnt-tell-us-much <p>David Hyde talks with <a href="http://www.rivertwice.com/" target="_blank">Zachary Karabell</a>, head of Global Strategy at the financial services firm Envestnet, about why we shouldn't use the unemployment rate to inform public policy.</p><p>Karabell is also the author "The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World." Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:55:22 +0000 David Hyde & Christine Streich 30070 at http://kuow.org Zachary Karabell: Unemployment Rate Doesn't Tell Us Much Milestone: Washington Now Has More People Working Than Before Recession http://kuow.org/post/milestone-washington-now-has-more-people-working-recession <p>Washington’s Employment Security Department says the state now has more people working than before the start of the Great Recession.</p><p>It's an important milestone in the recovery. And though it comes as a result of genuine progress, it received an assist from a federal benchmarking that showed the state didn’t lose as many jobs as originally thought. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:31:19 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 30015 at http://kuow.org Milestone: Washington Now Has More People Working Than Before Recession Unemployment Rate In Washington Lowest In More Than 5 Years http://kuow.org/post/unemployment-rate-washington-lowest-more-5-years <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/012314TB_Turek_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>New numbers for December from the Washington state employment department peg the current jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The last time it was lower was in November 2008.<p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:04:11 +0000 Tom Banse 27569 at http://kuow.org Unemployment Rate In Washington Lowest In More Than 5 Years Two Years Later: A Layoff Survivor Describes The New Atmosphere http://kuow.org/post/two-years-later-layoff-survivor-describes-new-atmosphere <p>Back in May 2011, Laura was in the habit of whispering at work – even when talking about the weather. <a href="http://www2.kuow.org/program.php?id=23429">She was a manager at T-Mobile </a>at a time when the company was suffering deep layoffs.</p><p>She was a “layoff survivor” – her colleagues were losing their jobs, workloads were shifting, and she was in fear of her own position. She declined to release her full name. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:30:57 +0000 Sara Lerner 27452 at http://kuow.org Two Years Later: A Layoff Survivor Describes The New Atmosphere 'Year Up' Program Gives Young Adults A Leg Up On Job Market http://kuow.org/post/year-program-gives-young-adults-leg-job-market <p>The only thing motivating Freda Crichton to finish high school was the prospect of joining the Marines with her twin sister after graduation.</p><p>Her twin got in. But Crichton didn’t. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:45:21 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 27416 at http://kuow.org 'Year Up' Program Gives Young Adults A Leg Up On Job Market Jobless In Seattle: Researcher Struggles To Get Back In The Market http://kuow.org/post/jobless-seattle-researcher-struggles-get-back-market <p>More than 24,000 Washington residents lost their federal unemployment benefits late last month. Congress let expire an emergency federal jobless program that was created in 2008 during the great recession.</p><p>One Seattle researcher has been struggling to find work since last spring.&nbsp; Fri, 03 Jan 2014 17:01:11 +0000 Ruby de Luna 26448 at http://kuow.org Jobless In Seattle: Researcher Struggles To Get Back In The Market DelBene Calls For Extension Of Long-Term Unemployment Benefits http://kuow.org/post/delbene-calls-extension-long-term-unemployment-benefits <p>Steve Scher&nbsp;checks in with Representative <a href="http://delbene.house.gov/" target="_blank">Suzan DelBene</a>, D-Wash., about her plans to push for the extension of long-term unemployment benefits once Congress is back in session. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:36:42 +0000 Steve Scher & Christine Streich 26446 at http://kuow.org DelBene Calls For Extension Of Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Long-Term Unemployed Scramble As Loss Of Benefits Looms http://kuow.org/post/long-term-unemployed-scramble-loss-benefits-looms <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/121813CL_benefits_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>About 45,000 people in the Northwest will face the new year without the unemployment benefits they've come to rely on.<p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:31:15 +0000 Chris Lehman 25763 at http://kuow.org Long-Term Unemployed Scramble As Loss Of Benefits Looms Washington Unemployment Drops, But Economic Weaknesses Remain http://kuow.org/post/washington-unemployment-drops-economic-weaknesses-remain <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/121813TB_Turek_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The unemployment rate in Washington dropped a notch in November.<p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:30:30 +0000 Tom Banse 25762 at http://kuow.org Washington Unemployment Drops, But Economic Weaknesses Remain Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits http://kuow.org/post/long-term-unemployed-face-end-benefits <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/121613CL_unemployed_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The holiday season will mean an end to unemployment checks for about 1.3 million Americans, including about 45,000 jobless in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.&#160;</span><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:00:31 +0000 Chris Lehman 25544 at http://kuow.org Microsoft Exec: Soldiers Make Great Software Developers http://kuow.org/post/microsoft-exec-soldiers-make-great-software-developers <p>A new program in Lacey, Wash., gives soldiers training and a career track in software development after discharge from the Army. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:16:45 +0000 Patricia Murphy 23279 at http://kuow.org Microsoft Exec: Soldiers Make Great Software Developers State Workers Who Help Jobless Laid Off During Shutdown http://kuow.org/post/state-workers-who-help-jobless-laid-during-shutdown <p>The mood was somber at Employment Security Department offices across the state on Tuesday, as hundreds of workers found themselves in the position of those they usually help: Out of work.</p><p>Although employees of the state, 900 workers have been furloughed or lost hours because their pay comes from federal government sources. They will remain without pay until the impasse in Washington, D.C., ends. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:08:00 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 21674 at http://kuow.org State Workers Who Help Jobless Laid Off During Shutdown Unemployed In Washington State? The Government Shutdown May Affect You http://kuow.org/post/unemployed-washington-state-government-shutdown-may-affect-you <p>People who receive unemployment benefits in the state of Washington might be affected by the federal government&rsquo;s shutdown.</p><p>The state&rsquo;s Employment Security Department processes unemployment claims, and its staff is largely paid by federal dollars.</p><p>On Tuesday, the department mailed temporary layoff notices to roughly 1,700 staff members.</p><p>According to Communications Director Sheryl Hutchison, the agency has enough money to keep running through the week, but it&rsquo;s not clear what will happen if the shutdown continues past Friday.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:11:03 +0000 Deborah Wang 21343 at http://kuow.org Unemployed In Washington State? The Government Shutdown May Affect You