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We've not written much about the quiet campaign encouraging city officials in Washington to signal their opposition to municipal income taxes. But the effort bears mentioning, as it is now receiving n…Read more
A Pew analysis of national data reveals an uneven jobs recovery among the states, as the map and table above show. (Click through to construct your own comparative table; we selected west coast and ne…Read more
National unemployment claims filings fall to new pandemic low; slight increase in Washington state claims.September 9, 2021
Overall good news in unemployment insurance claims trends. Nationally, new claims reached a pandemic-era low. Further, slthough the state Employment Security Department reports that initial UI claims…Read more
As the map from Pew above shows, Washington's Q1 2020 - Q2 2021 personal income growth of 12.3% comes in below the U.S. growth rate of 14.4%, a somewhat surprising finding. The Pew report shows a coun…Read more
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provided another data point confirming the labor shortage plaguing employers in our state and nationally. The number of job openings increased to a series high of…Read more
Labor Day rung down the curtain on a pair of unemployment benefits programs put in place in the early days of the pandemic. The Associated Press reports, Two critical programs expired on Monday. One p…Read more