unemployment http://kuow.org en Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Lag http://kuow.org/post/washington-jobless-rate-6-year-low-rural-counties-lag <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071614AJ_NWUnemployment_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>According to the <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/docs/economic-reports/current-monthly-employment-report.pdf">June jobs report released Wednesday</a>, Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to 5.8 percent -- the lowest level in six years.<p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:00:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins 38420 at http://kuow.org Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Lag Nearly 87 Percent Of Mentally Ill Washingtonians Are Unemployed http://kuow.org/post/nearly-87-percent-mentally-ill-washingtonians-are-unemployed <p>Ross Reynolds talks with David Johnson, CEO of Navos Mental Health Solutions, about&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the connections between <a href="http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Policy_Reports&amp;Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&amp;ContentID=169263">mental illness and unemployment</a>. A recent report found that in Washington state, 86.9 percent of people who make contact with the public health system are unemployed. That's higher than the national average of 80 percent. </span> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:29:50 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 38279 at http://kuow.org Governor Inslee Allocates $4 Million In Federal Funds To Help Washington's Unemployed http://kuow.org/post/governor-inslee-allocates-4-million-federal-funds-help-washingtons-unemployed <p>Ross Reynolds speaks with Marlena Sessions, chief executive officer for Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, about how they plan to use their portion of $4 million in federal funds to help King County's long-term unemployed get back to work. Thu, 22 May 2014 20:20:15 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Posey Gruener 34941 at http://kuow.org Steady Job Gains Chip Away At Jobless Rate in Washington State http://kuow.org/post/steady-job-gains-chip-away-jobless-rate-washington-state <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/051414TB_Turek_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Steady job gains are chipping away at the unemployment rate in Washington state.<p> Thu, 15 May 2014 17:20:39 +0000 Tom Banse 34517 at http://kuow.org Steady Job Gains Chip Away At Jobless Rate in Washington State 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