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Employment
7:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:02 am

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. 

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Veteran Jobs
9:16 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Microsoft Exec: Soldiers Make Great Software Developers

Jason Keefer in class at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,Washington.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

A new program in Lacey, Wash., gives soldiers training and a career track in software development after discharge from the Army.

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Partial Government Shutdown
10:08 am
Tue October 8, 2013

State Workers Who Help Jobless Laid Off During Shutdown

The partial government shutdown is having consequences beyond Washington, D.C.
Flickr Photo/Marina Noordegraaf

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.

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.

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Government Shutdown
4:11 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Unemployed In Washington State? The Government Shutdown May Affect You

Flickr Photo/Steve Rhodes

People who receive unemployment benefits in the state of Washington might be affected by the federal government’s shutdown.

The state’s Employment Security Department processes unemployment claims, and its staff is largely paid by federal dollars.

On Tuesday, the department mailed temporary layoff notices to roughly 1,700 staff members.

According to Communications Director Sheryl Hutchison, the agency has enough money to keep running through the week, but it’s not clear what will happen if the shutdown continues past Friday.

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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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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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Unemployment Rates
3:38 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Wash. State Jobless Rate Hews Closest To National Trend During Recovery

Washington State Employment Security Dept.

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:38 pm

According to fresh numbers out Wednesday from the state employment department, the unemployment rate in Washington state edged up slightly in August to an even 7 percent as hiring slowed.

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Unemployment
8:27 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Nine Weeks Of Federal Unemployment Benefits Cut In Washington

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People on unemployment in this state stand to lose nine weeks of federal support starting in August as the federal government trims support to states with higher employment.

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Employers Eager To Hire
4:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Thousands Show Up At Kent Jobs Fair

Christopher Price (left) and Wilette McClenon-Chanteuse waited in live for several hours to meet with Boeing representatives.
Jim Gates

Despite the drop in Washington’s unemployment rate, many people are still looking for work. More than 3,000 people attended a jobs fair at the ShoWare Center in Kent on Tuesday. Companies had a big presence too. Law enforcement recruiters showed up in force, as did insurance companies and healthcare providers. But the big player was Boeing.  

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Unemployment
11:17 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Is Favoritism Driving Black Unemployment?

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The job market has been slowly recovering in the United States. But for African-Americans, the unemployment rate remains high at 13 percent — nearly double the national average.

Social scientists say racism continues to be one factor. But now researchers have uncovered another important obstacle to employment:  favoritism. Rutgers Business School professor Nancy Ditomaso talks about it with David Hyde.

Employment
11:47 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Federal Sequester Turns Employment Workers Into Job Seekers

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 5:20 pm

In the next couple of months, many employment office workers in the Northwest will join the unemployed. State labor agencies are having to make cutbacks in staffing. It's due to a combination of the economy getting better and federal budget cuts known as the “sequester” setting in.

Staffing at the local employment office usually moves in the exact opposite direction as the rest of the economy. When times are tough, unemployment rolls are booming.

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Economics Of Prison
9:04 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Study: Private Prisons Lead To Fewer Jobs

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Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 5:45 pm

Researchers say the economic benefits of prisons often don't materialize for rural communities. That's according to a new paper by Northwest sociologists. In fact, they found communities with private prisons fare worse than they did before.

Washington State University sociologist Gregory Hook says rural areas that opt to build prisons, even courting them with tax breaks, have one main goal in mind: jobs.

“You know, you look across the way and you say 'Oh there's a prison. Fifty people have a job there. So that's 50 new jobs in my community.' … Only it's not.”

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Employment
12:20 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The New Workforce: Stories Of Temping, Freelance And Temporary Work

Job growth continues to be sluggish, but there’s one big exception: temporary work.  The number of temp and contract jobs has increased by nearly 30 percent since early 2009, according to the American Staffing Association. 

Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the new temping economy with Steven Greenhouse, the  labor reporter for The New York Times.

Working Multiple Jobs
7:51 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Landing One Job No Longer Sufficient For Many In Idaho

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 5:28 pm

POST FALLS, Idaho - Personal incomes took a hit in the economic downturn across the nation. But according to the latest figures, no state has lower median earnings than Idaho.

A few years ago, James Drennen and his family left Lancaster, Penn., to start a new life in north Idaho.

“We figured we could come out here and live on a whole lot less money and my wife could stay home," he says. "But when we got here, we found out the jobs aren't paying as well.”

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Ethics
11:56 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Giving To Panhandlers

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To give or not to give? That's the question many of us face when encountering panhandlers on Seattle's sidewalks. Some people make up their minds about how to act and don't deviate from the script. For others, the ethical questions resurface with every encounter.

Now, it seems we're at a crossroads. Many people are still out of work. Yet social services will probably be cut even further next year. Will that change how you give?

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