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WA manufacturing, tech made gains before pandemic

The Association of Washington Business presented the findings of a report on manufacturing and tech to the Washington state Senate Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs...Read More

Seattle Rescue Plan unanimously passes Seattle City Council vote

The Seattle Rescue Plan (SRP) also known as CB 120093 and CB 120094 unanimously passed a final vote on Monday. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle...Read More

Record wages and workforce shortages: Where Washington employment sits less than two weeks before re-opening.

Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD) said on Tuesday that the average annual wage in Washington was $76,741 in 2020 — the highest ever. The 10.1...Read More

Is a guaranteed basic income headed to King County?

On Thursday, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove proposed a study of a King County Basic Income Program to analyze the benefits of a guaranteed monthly...Read More

Treasury Department releases guidelines to state and local governments for how they can use COVID-19 relief funds

The US Treasury Department released guidelines today to state and local governments for how they can use funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act...Read More

Washington State ranks 26th for federal COVID relief

Washington State ranks 26th in the country for the amount of federal COVID aid it has received through April 15, 2021, according to the latest...Read More

Analysis: Working families’ tax exemption will provide up to $1,200 per year to low-income Washingtonians

The working families’ tax exemption passed by the Legislature will provide up to $1,200 for individuals who qualify based on income, according to an analysis...Read More

Q&A: Rep. Mike Sells on labor legislation in 2021

Rep. Mike Sells (D – Everett) currently chairs the Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. As the 2021 legislative session was preceded by a period of...Read More

Economic relationships amid COVID: The K-shaped recovery

In a K-shaped recovery, there is a separate trajectory for different segments of the economy. Economic and political relationships play a role in shaping that...Read More

“Working through crisis” – The K-shaped recovery

Economic conditions both predating and overlapping with the pandemic have exacerbated workforce shortages in rural Washington. This is what the Wire heard from union leaders...Read More