Big Reset

Postscripts
8:10 am
Fri December 27, 2013

A Welder Reflects: 'I’m A Different Person Than I Was. I Have A Trade.'

Welding is in demand in industries from construction to aerospace. The pay is good for that reason – and also because it’s dangerous work.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

When Shannon Kelley started a free worker retraining program last summer, he was 43 years old and had been laid off for five years.

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The Big Reset
1:01 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

How The Puget Sound Region Has Emerged From The Recession

Workers at UW's consolidated laundry facility.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Our one hour special, The Big Reset, explores how the Puget Sound region has emerged from the Great Recession.

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Software Engineer Shortage
9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Competition For Tech Talent Heats Up In Seattle Area

A conference room at Groupon’s new Seattle engineering office. The company opened what it thought would be a small engineering office in Seattle last spring. Now with 130 employees, Groupon is looking for additional office space.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

Technology companies have been among the bright spots for job growth in the region. They are hiring a lot of one particular kind of employee—software engineers. Those are the people who design, develop and test systems and software.

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Slow Regrowth Of Construction
4:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Construction Is Everywhere, But Industry Still Fragile

Flickr Photo/clappstar

Construction is now the fastest-growing industry in Washington state. Construction cranes fill the skyline. Public works projects like light rail lines and the tunnel project snarl our streets. But despite appearances, construction has not yet fully recovered from the 2008 recession.

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Life Science Jobs
7:12 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Scientist Shortage? Not In Seattle

Graduate student Antonio Abeyta cultures tissue at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

For decades, government agencies and business groups have equated science degrees with job security. Employment projections from Washington state show growth in life science jobs, and policy groups lament a shortage of American scientists. But people who counted on a secure career in the lab are having the rug yanked out from under them. In the wake of the recession and the federal budget sequester, they’re having to develop a Plan B.

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Job Training And Creation
9:30 am
Tue September 24, 2013

"Green Jobs" A Loosely Defined Category In Job Creation Grants

Mike Mitzel, maintenance mechanic for UW's consolidated laundry facility.
KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

In 2009 President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. It provided $500 million for research and green-jobs training. Here in Washington, $16 million in federal funds went to green jobs training.

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Industry And Tourism
1:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Anacortes: One Town Debates Its Future

Tesoro's oil refinery near Anacortes backdropped by Mount Baker.
Flickr Photo/Scott Butner

From Anacortes, Wash., you get the classic, gorgeous views of the San Juan Islands.  But tourists mostly breeze by this city, thinking of it as just the gateway to greater places. Anacortes does have its own thing going, though. It’s an unusual mix of a real working city with super lovely landscape.

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Jobs Recovery
10:53 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Washington's Job Recovery In Numbers

KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

This week, KUOW has been taking a deeper look at the jobs recovery in Washington state in our series, The Big Reset. In this segment, we're talking numbers: unemployment, wages, industry trends. And the good news is, Washington is doing all right.

The unemployment rate here has mirrored the national average at around 7 percent. Ross Reynolds talks with regional labor economist, Anneliese Vance-Sherman about Washington's recovery and industry trends.

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Tech Industry
1:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Seattle Is The Wild West Of Game Design

A sculpture inside DigiPen beckoning viewers to the interactive media industry.
KUOW Photo/Jamala Henderson

One reason the Puget Sound region stayed stronger than some surrounding areas during the economic downturn is because of its tech industry. A particular bright spot is the computer gaming and interactive media industry.

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Welder Demand
1:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Passing The Torch To A New Generation Of Welders

Welding student Mike Mullins.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

Welding torches have sizzled at the Vigor Industrial shipyard on Seattle’s Harbor Island for a century. But the men and women behind the welding masks in this particular warehouse have only been at it for two weeks. The demand for skilled welders is so high that the shipyard and the state are now paying to teach the skill to displaced workers.

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Aerospace Shift
1:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Next Few Years Critical For Boeing Jobs In Washington

A 787 waits for delivery at Boeing's Everett Delivery Center.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The economic future of this region is still tied to the future of  Boeing, the region's bellwether employer.  The aerospace industry pays 7.5 percent of the wages in Washington state, and Boeing remains the region’s largest private employer, with 85,000 local jobs.

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From Mechanic To Nurse
8:20 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Health Care Sector Jobs Slowly Rebounding From Recession

Ross McGilvray works as a registered nurse in the Medical Telemetry unit at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash.
karenducey.com/Karen Ducey

Nursing schools around the country have seen a jump in enrollment in the last few years. Many students were hoping to get in on what was supposed to be a recession-proof field: the growing health care sector. Instead, new graduates faced a tough market.

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Child Care As Economic Indicator
5:27 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Job Recovery From Small Town To Big City

Lyman day care provider Amber Rooks.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

The economic downturn attributed to the Great Recession tested the resilience of many workers and careers.

King County’s unemployment rate is more than 2 percent lower than the national rate. In fact, the Seattle area is seen as a bright spot in the recovery. But the farther you get from the big city, the more likely a  different picture emerges. In some rural areas, incomes and job security are lower, and this has made for a tougher recovery.

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