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

The state unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent in June, and the state added 6,000 jobs, a new report shows.

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Amazon's contributions to Seattle: Billions and billions

Amazon has released a summary of its impact on the Seattle community after 25 years in business. Highlights include billions in employee compensation, charitable contributions and capital investments.

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WSDOT Study: Ultra-high-speed rail could have $355B economic impact

Ultra-high-speed ground transportation between Portland, through Seattle, and to Vancouver, B.C., could spur more than $355 billion in economic growth throughout the Pacific Northwest, according to a new study by the state Department of Transportation.

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AWB's communications team wins national award for AWB Amplified and AWB News

The new AWB Amplified and AWB News communications channels were honored last week at the annual meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives meeting in Long Beach, Calif. The video and digital communications channels help tell the story of employers, especially during busy times at the Legislature.

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AWB HealthChoice includes 24/7 medical insights with Teladoc

The thousands of employers who are insured by AWB HealthChoice have access to medical care 24/7 through the Teledoc program for $45 or less per session.

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Connect With Congress
Career-connected Learning


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