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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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Beyond the Headlines — Who Are Seattle’s Unemployed?

Who are Seattle?s Unemployed?

As the country turns its calendar to begin a new year, Seattle Jobs Initiative believes it is an ideal time to reflect on the sustained plight of the jobless. Despite the economy recovering from the ravages of the Great Recession, unemployment remains a significant presence. This is especially true locally, where unemployment rates have recently climbed.(1)

In December 2015, the nation?s unemployment rate stood at 5.0%.(2) While experiencing a lower rate than the U.S. at large, Seattle saw ...

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SJI Tapped by OneAmerica to Develop Innovative Asset Map of South King County

OneAmerica and Seattle Jobs Initiative are proud to launch the South King County Asset Map. This collaboration, funded by the Kellogg Foundation, is part of a dual generation initiative that increases equitable access for families and recognizes their needs and strengths as an important foundation for improving academic outcomes for students. The South King County Asset Map is a reference tool for everyone ? clients, service providers, case managers, and more ? to find a service they wish to access ...

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One Night Count

One Night Count

February 1, 2016

4,505.

In the early hours of Friday morning, 4,505 unsheltered individuals were counted in our communities, sleeping under overpasses, in doorways, cars, and walking around.

Between 2:00 am and 5:00 am, more than 1,000 volunteers dispersed throughout King County to conduct the One Night Count, an annual count of homeless persons led by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, and the 2016 results were sobering. Despite county-wide efforts to end homelessness, these numbers show a 19% increase from 2015, and ...

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Response to the State of the Union

Response to the State of the Union

January 13, 2016

Throughout President Obama?s time in office, the Obama administration has consistently advocated for skills training, workforce development, and policies to support America?s working families. From the introduction of the UpSkill America initiative, his signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and his call for accessible higher education, including two years for free community college, Obama has recognized the role of education and skills training in maintaining a strong middle class and prosperous economy.

In his ...

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