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Beyond the Headlines: Poverty Increasing in Seattle

Poverty Increasing Among Seattle Residents with Some College or an Associate’s Degree

The number of individuals in Seattle who are living below poverty increased by 9 percent between 2012 and 2015 according to an analysis of Census data.(i) During this same period, there was an increase in individuals with some college or an Associate’s degree living below poverty. In 2015, there were 134 per 1,000 individuals with some college or an Associate’s degree living below poverty compared to 115 per 1,000 in 2012 ...

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SNAP E&T Advocates Guide


November 1, 2017

Across the U.S., there is growing momentum around the development of skills-based Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T).  Several factors are driving many States to expand their SNAP E&T programs. These include: increased support from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, which administers the program, in the form of SNAP E&T resources and technical assistance; the ...

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Day of Caring

September, 2017

As part of United Way of King County’s Day & Night of Caring, on September 15, SJI hosted a computer training for Career Pathways and CareerConnect program participants. Thanks to a generous donation from the City of Seattle, ten participants were able to take home new laptops to aid their education and job search experience, after receiving training from a computer professional!

Joined by ten volunteers from Tata Consultancy Services ...

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SJI Featured on KOMO NewsRadio

May, 2017

Seattle Jobs Initiative Executive Director John Kim recently sat down with KOMO NewsRadio host Herb Weisbaum to discuss SJI’s?20th Anniversary. Listen below as they discuss SJI’s work in the community, how we got here, and where we are going in the next 20 years.


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Beyond the Headlines: Living Wages

Living Wage in Seattle Increases Due to Rise in Cost of Housing

As a workforce intermediary seeking to better connect low-income individuals to living-wage jobs, Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) focuses its labor market research on identifying middle-wage jobs in our local economy. Training residents for these jobs provides an opportunity to meet the greatest skills shortages facing local employers while helping low-income and low-skill individuals advance into good-paying careers.

This issue of Beyond the Headlines provides guidance on the current living wage ...

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Beyond the Headlines: Pay Inequity

Basing Pay on What Job is Worth, Rather than Past Salary, Can Help Address Pay Inequities

In the April 2016 edition of Beyond the Headlines, SJI discussed how targeted middle-skill jobs provide a means of addressing the gender wage gap?that is, the fact that women earn less than men, even after considering the type of jobs they do, as illustrated in Figure 1 below. ?Given that the gender pay gap is not expected to close in Washington until 2071(i), SJI ...

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Beyond the Headlines: Underemployment

To Avoid Underemployment Choose Associate’s Degree Wisely

Seattle is one of the most educated cities in the country with 58 percent of adults at least 25 years old holding a bachelor’s degree and nearly one-quarter with some college or an associate’s degree. (1) Nationally, 29 percent of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree and the same percentage have some college or an associate’s degree.

However, high educational attainment is not a panacea, as a significant portion of people are unable to ...

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New Research Released: SNAP E&T – Opportunities for Alignment with WIOA



September 6, 2016

SJI is pleased to release a new brief, SNAP E&T:  Opportunities for Alignment with WIOA, that builds on our long-standing efforts to facilitate the growth of robust, job-driven SNAP E&T programs throughout the U.S., and particularly programs that utilize a third-party partnership model supported by SNAP E&T 50 percent reimbursement (50-50) funds. 

The brief presents an examination of the initial impact, if ...

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SJI is Moving!

We are pleased to announce that as of June 13th, Seattle Jobs Initiative will be located in our new office on the first floor of the Pacific Tower. Our mailing address will be changing, but all organization and staff phone and fax numbers will remain the same. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to serving you from our new location and continuing to ...

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Beyond the Headlines – Seattle’s Digital Divide

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