State job growth continues, but at a snail's pace

 
 

 

Washington State added 3,600 jobs in June from the month before reflecting 10 consecutive months of job growth, according to  the Washington State Employment Security Division. The new numbers include a revision to last month’s report to show that the state had added 2,500 jobs in May, instead of the originally reported loss of 700 jobs.

The private sector was the biggest contributor to job growth, adding 6,600 jobs in May, including 3,700 jobs in “other services” (includes things like equipment repair, pet care and parking services); 1,300 in manufacturing (mostly aerospace); 1,300 in transportation, warehousing and utilities; 1,200 in professional and business services; and 1,200 in wholesale trade. The private sector added a total of 57,800 jobs in the 12 months ended June 30.

Even so, unemployment in June rose to 9.2 percent, from  9.1 percent in May. In the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett area, unemployment rose to 8.8 percent in June, from 8.7 percent the month before.

Dave Wallace, the acting chief economist at the Washington State Employment Security Division, said the state would have to add 3,600 jobs each month for a full year to decrease unemployment by one percentage point.  

One problem is job losses in the government sector where employment fell by 3,000. For the full year, the sector lost 15,000 jobs. Also showing declines were construction, down 1,800; financial activities, down 1,100; and education, down 1,000.

Despite the weak performance, some experts see improvement ahead. A net 11 percent of Washington executives plan to add full-time staff in the third quarter, and 98 percent of Washington executives surveyed are confident in their companies’ growth prospects, according to the Robert Half Professional Employment Report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn › belshaw-adamatic.com
When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.