Archive for August, 2014

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

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 welcome news, many American workers continue to struggle in part-time employment.

Part-time workers include workers who choose to work part-time (e.g., to care for a child, attend college or job training, or ...

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

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 2007, income inequality peaked with the wealthiest 10 percent of households holding a 49.7 percent share of income.(1) While the economy has largely recovered from the economic downturn, income inequality is still an ...

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