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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 ...

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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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Beyond the Headlines – Gender Wage Gap

April 21016  |  Focus: Gender
Gender Wage Gap: Targeted Middle-Skills Jobs Part of the Solution

In April, there is a lot of buzz around the gender wage gap. That’s because mid-month marks the point in the year up to which the average woman needs to work—on top of the previous year—to earn the same amount as the average man over just the previous year. In other words, women have to work more than 15 months to earn what men did in 12 ...

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SJI Welcomes Sukanya Pani as New Deputy Director

April 14, 2016

Seattle Jobs Initiative is pleased to announce that on April 4, Sukanya Pani joined the organization as Deputy Director of Operations. Sukanya comes to SJI from Year Up Puget Sound, where she served as Director of Student Services, and contributes extensive leadership and management experience to the team. A Washington University MSW alumna, Sukanya brings a strong background in community advocacy, case management, and program development and implementation to the organization. We are excited to have her on ...

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New SNAP E&T Brief


April 11, 2016

SJI is pleased to announce the release of a new policy brief in partnership with the National Skills Coalition,  Building Skills through SNAP Employment and Training: Recommendations from Lessons Learned in Four States. 

The brief outlines recommendations learned from SJI and NSC’s work in 2015 with Iowa, Connecticut, Maryland, and Oregon, as well as identifies common challenges ...

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Community Resource Exchange

April 8, 2016

On April sixth, Seattle Jobs Initiative took part in the annual Community Resource Exchange organized by United Way of King County. The event brings together a wide array of service providers, including employment and training organizations like SJI, healthcare providers, the Department of Social and Health Services, advocates, and financial services. Providers ...

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USDA Announces SNAP to Skills States

March 2, 2016


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the ten states that will partake in the SNAP to Skills Project with Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI). Through the SNAP to Skills project, SJI will provide technical assistance to the selected states in designing improved employment and training programs for low-income adults who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

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