Beyond the Headlines — Consequences of Seattle’s Income Inequality

[h6]February 2015 ?|? FOCUS: Seattle[/h6] As recovery from the Great Recession continues, discussion increasingly turns to the topic of income inequality. Throughout the country there is a sense that only the rich are prospering, while middle and lower class families are left behind to struggle. Unfortunately, the data backs this up. From 2010 to 2013, […]

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New Report: Employer Perspectives on Soft Skills

March 26, 2015 Employer Perspectives on Soft Skills: 2014 Survey Report, March 2015, PDF (920KB) Seattle Jobs Initiative, in partnership with the Washington State Human Resources Council and the Performance Skills Coalition, surveyed over 200 human resources and business professionals statewide about the their views on soft skills in the workplace. Read what they had […]

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SJI’s Latest Research: Understanding “Benefits Cliffs”

March 24, 2015 Understanding ?Benefits Cliffs?: Implications for Helping Washingtonians Advance to Self-Sufficiency Through Workforce Strategies, March 2015 (PDF, 2MB) The goal of workforce development efforts serving individuals in poverty is to provide them with the skills and credentials they need to increase their earnings in the labor market and advance to self-sufficiency. It is […]

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In the News: WA State Receives $22 Million for Job Training

March 23, 2015 Last week, the Department of Agriculture announced our state will receive a $22 million grant to provide job training to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. In Washington State, this SNAP program is known as the Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program. Seattle Jobs Initiative has been involved with BFET since […]

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