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.

2016 Community Impact Awards: The List

2016 Community Impact Awards: The List

Here are this year's winners and links to their profiles.
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Congratulations to the recipients of Seattle Business magazine’s 2016 Community Impact Awards!


Lifetime Achievement
Honoree: Harriet Bullitt


Pro Bono Projects
Gold Award: Kinzer Partners


Sustainability in Business Operations
Gold Award: Theo Chocolate
Silver Award: Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort


Social Entrepreneurship
Gold Award: Savers
Silver Award: Evrnu


Youth Development
Gold Award: Skanska USA


Job Creation and Workforce Development
Gold Award: Bellevue College and Year Up Puget Sound
Silver Award: Millionair Club Charity


Green Products and Services
Gold Award: Optimum Energy
Silver Award: Itek Energy
Silver Award: Rice Fergus Miller


Nonprofit of the Year
Gold Award: FareStart
Silver Award: Wellspring Family Services


Business of the Year, Small Firms 
Gold Award: Sleep Train
Silver Award: Glassybaby


Business of the Year, Large Firms (Eastern Washington)
Gold Award:
Tree Top


Business of the Year, Large Firms (Western Washington)

Gold Award: McKinstry
Silver Award: Columbia Bank