July 22, 2019
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State's jobless rate stays steady at 4.6 percent

Washington’s unemployment rate held steady last month at 4.6 percent. Nonfarm employment also rose by 6,000 jobs in June, including 5,400 from private employers and 600 from the public sector, the state Employment Security Department reports.

Overall, the state added 82,700 jobs from June 2018 to June 2019. Nearly all of the new jobs came from private sector employers who contributed 82,600, compared to 100 from the public sector.

The numbers are based on preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.



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Steer our students to the many paths for productive lives

By State Sen. Lisa Wellman and State Rep. Vandana Slatter

We know that today's jobs require education beyond high school. But our graduation rate is still under 80 percent, and only 40 percent of our high school students earn a credential or degree after high school by the time they are 26 years old.

Meanwhile, businesses can't find workers with the skills they need. This means that despite the state's strong economic growth, thousands of Washington students are being left behind every single year.

The situation is serious and getting more urgent. In the next few years, Washington employers are anticipating 740,000 job openings with jobs that require technical certification, apprenticeship or college degrees. We need to get students ready...

Career Connect Washington provides a fundamental new framework for connecting students to high demand, high potential jobs, and higher education, job training and actual employment. Through a regional approach of supporting localized networks focused on the needs of our diverse state, each area of our state will be able to help students learn about, explore and prepare for their careers...

Read the full op-ed in The Seattle Times