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 By Employment Security Department    News    December 3, 2012

Up to 60,000 to lose unemployment benefits at end of year

OLYMPIA – Up to 60,000 people in Washington will be shut off of unemployment benefits when the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program ends on Dec. 29. Since being activated in July 2008, the program has paid more than $5.6 billion...

 By Employment Security Department    News    June 21, 2012

WorkSource offers free skill-building with KeyTrain

Job growth is heating up along with the summer weather, but it may not be enough to improve the forecast for workers whose skills are outdated or stale. “Coming out of the recession, there is a lot of competition for well-paying jobs,”...

 By Employment Security Department    News    June 21, 2012

Washington’s average wage grew in 2011

OLYMPIA – Washington’s average annual wage grew by 3.6 percent in 2011, outpacing Seattle-area inflation by 0.9 percentage points, according to the state Employment Security Department. The annual average went from $48,162 in 2010 to...

 By Employment Security Department    News    June 21, 2012

County jobless rates for May released today

OLYMPIA – County unemployment rates and employment data for May 2012 were released this morning and are posted online at; click “Statewide and county...

 By Employment Security Department    News    November 17, 2011

Jobs and unemployment both improved in October

Washington’s employment picture bounced back in October, adding an estimated 4,600 jobs and lowering the unemployment rate to 9 percent. This is the lowest the state’s unemployment rate has been since March 2009. “The October...