Archive for March, 2015

Beyond the Headlines — Consequences of Seattle’s Income Inequality

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, the Federal Reserve found that the share of income held by the top 3% of families rose to 30.5% from 27.7%, while the bottom 90% saw its share fall to ...

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New Report: Employer Perspectives on Soft Skills

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 to say!

ALSO: Read SJI’s 2013 publication on the importance of soft skills here:

The Importance of Soft Skills in Entry-Level Employment and Postsecondary Success: Perspectives ...

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SJI’s Latest Research: Understanding “Benefits Cliffs”

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 important for workforce stakeholders to understand that low-income families? household income is often partly comprised of public benefits (such as supports for housing, child care and ...

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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 the program?s beginning; learn more about our work here.

Read the full press release on Congresswoman Suzan DelBene?s website here.

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