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 has not followed this same trend, as the unemployment and labor force participation rates indicate actual gains in employment. From December 2007 through June 2009, the United States experienced its longest, and arguably, ...Read More → Share
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 as well as the real-world challenges faced by low-income workers. Though sector strategies alone cannot eradicate poverty and income inequality, the lessons and insights offered throughout ...Read More → Share
June 3, 2014
The story of Washington’s BFET program, the state’s federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T), is one of remarkable success. In just eight years from its October 2005 launch, the BFET program has grown from a $150,000 to a $29 million program; from serving the Seattle area exclusively to serving the entire state; and from serving a few hundred to nearly 30,000 individuals each year. The program’s innovative model emphasizes skills training provided by community ...Read More → Share