Washington Unemployment Drops to 8.2 Percent

 
 

Washington’s job seekers got bitter sweet news from the state’s Employment Security Department in February.  The state added 4,200 jobs, which is good news, but the new jobs are likely to trigger a cut in federal unemployment benefits.

 

The new jobs pushed the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 8.2 percent in February, from 8.4 percent in January. That's the lowest it's been since January 2009, when it was 7.7 percent, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.

 

The top growth sectors were:

 

  • Leisure and hospitality, up 2,500 jobs,  
  • Construction, up 1,900 jobs,
  • Retail trade, up 1,700 jobs,
  • Transportation warehousing and utilities up 1,500 jobs and
  • Professional and business services up 1,100 jobs.

 

As hiring increased, unemployment benefits are slated to decrease, since the two variables are connected, under the federal benefits-extension programs.  

 

Beneficiaries are likely to see their maximum number of weeks on the program drop from 99 to 73 in mid- to late April, according to the Employment Security Department. The same department plans to release more details about the trimming, as it gets official notice from the federal Department of Labor.

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.