Beyond the Headlines — Temporary Work in Seattle & WA State

[h6]December 2014? |? FOCUS: Seattle & Washington State[/h6] Over the holiday season, tens of thousands of workers across the nation will be temporarily hired in retail stores, warehouses, customer service centers and factories to meet seasonal demands. Current local and national trends show that temp work, however, has become a mainstay of our economy. This […]

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$15 Minimum Wage Report

December 3, 2014 Seattle Jobs Initiative is pleased to share our latest research brief: $15 Minimum Wage and the Potential Impacts to Seattle?s Workforce —— In June 2014, Mayor Ed Murray signed into law a $15 minimum wage for the City of Seattle. This increase will be phased-in over time, beginning in April 2015 ? […]

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Beyond the Headlines — Locating Middle-Wage Jobs in Seattle

[h6]October 2014? |? FOCUS: Seattle[/h6] In last month?s edition of Beyond the Headlines, we explored the resurgence of middle-skill jobs in Seattle following the Great Recession. Middle-skill jobs are those that require some postsecondary education but less than a bachelor?s degree. Seattle Jobs Initiative takes that definition one step further by examining ?middle-wage jobs? ? […]

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Beyond the Headlines — The Return of Middle-Skill Jobs in Seattle

[h6]September 2014? |? FOCUS: United States & Seattle[/h6] In its May 2014 Regional Economic Update, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that employment has returned to pre-recession levels for the United States; however, the jobs created have been concentrated at the higher and lower ends of the skills distribution. Middle-skill jobs, including those […]

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Beyond the Headlines — Part-Time Work in the U.S. & Washington State

[h6]August 2014? |? FOCUS: United States & Seattle[/h6] The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July 2014, making it the seventh straight month the economy has added over 200,000 jobs. Job gains occurred across a wide array of sectors including professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade, and construction.(1)?While these trends in job creation are […]

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SNAP E&T and BFET

SJI is available to provide individual advising and technical assistance to your state agency or organization on building and operating an effective SNAP E&T program. [button url=”/innovations/snap-et-bfet-resource-center/” target=”_self” size=”small” style=”bluegrey” ]LEARN MORE[/button]

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Beyond the Headlines — A Look at Seattle?s Shifting Income Inequality Picture

[h6]July 2014? |? FOCUS: United States & Seattle[/h6] After many decades of stability, income inequality has significantly increased across the United States since the 1970s. Most of the increase in the inequality gap is due to the increasing share of income held by the nation?s wealthiest households. On the heels of the Great Recession in […]

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RFQ: English Language Learners — Award Announcement!

July 29, 2014 On April 21, 2014, we released a Request for Qualifications Career Pathways for English Language Learners. We are pleased to announce that, after due deliberation, we have accepted a proposal from South Seattle College (SSC). We look forward to working with SCC as they create and offer ELL-specific versions of the Start […]

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Beyond the Headlines — Labor Force Participation & Unemployment: What It Means For Seattle?s Economic Recovery

[h6]June 2014? |? FOCUS: United States & Seattle[/h6] Nationally, the unemployment rate has been on the decline since 2008. However, the labor force participation rate has also steadily declined with the unemployment rate, an indication that more people are dropping out of the labor force entirely and are thus not captured in the unemployed. Seattle […]

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New Book Highlights Strategies to Reinvigorate Workforce Development

June 12, 2014 Connecting People to Work: Workforce Intermediaries and Sector Strategies, edited by Maureen Conway and Robert P. Giloth, focuses on the expanding role of sector strategies in crafting workforce programs that address the needs of low-income workers and potential employers. These strategies, which target regional economic sectors, focus on specific skills employers need […]

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