Category Archives: State Economy

Public policy news and commentary on the Washington State economy.

Chasing South Carolina: For Boeing and Washington state, it’s a race to the bottom

Some industry observers and elected officials conclude that Washington state should weaken unions, to “compete.” There’s something creepy about this. Continue reading

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U.S. economy added 195,000 jobs in June, employment-to-population ratio edges up

The Labor Department reported the economy added 195,000 jobs in June. With upward revisions to the prior two months data, this brings the average gain over the last three months to 196,000. While the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 … Continue reading

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What does it take for a family to make ends meet in Washington state today?

A basic family budget for a one-parent, one-child family in the Seattle area totals more than $52,000 a year; add a spouse and another child and you’ll need $70,000+. Continue reading

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What it’s like for kids to grow up in Washington state: The good, the bad and the ugly

A new report rates the well-being of Washington’s kids as just above average. Here’s why. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Data Book rates all 50 U.S. states on a multitude of factors, and uses them to calculate four … Continue reading

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Ballot measure to improve harmful working conditions at Sea-Tac Airport going to voters

A ballot measure to improve substandard working conditions at Sea-Tac Airport is taking off, thanks to solid research and savvy organizing by local workers and their allies. If passed by voters, the SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative would ensure a living … Continue reading

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Two public policies that would turn every bad job in America into a good job

What happened to the good jobs? This is the question posed by fast-food workers who walked out in New York and Chicago in recent weeks. [Ed. note: Seattle too!] It is the question posed by activists in those corners of … Continue reading

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New study shows payday lending hurts economy, jobs

Not only is payday lending a predatory industry, new evidence shows it is hurting our state economy. A March 2013 study by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development finds the burden of repaying payday loans in 2011 led to … Continue reading

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