Employment Security Department

As paid family leave claims rise in Washington, the wait for benefits gets longer

BY: - September 19, 2023

Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program wants to hire 49 more employees to deal with steadily rising demand that has some people waiting over a month to receive benefits. The state Employment Security Department asked for authority to hire the workers in a 2024 supplemental budget request submitted to Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this […]

T-Mobile to lay off 400 Bellevue workers

BY: - August 31, 2023

T-Mobile will lay off about 400 Bellevue employees by the end of October, according to a notice filed with the state. The telecommunications company announced last week that it planned to lay off 7% of its overall staff – or about 5,000 jobs – because of increased costs and competition.  A notice from the Washington […]

Wage growth in WA slows, but average remains over $80k

BY: - June 28, 2023

The average annual wage for workers in Washington was $84,167 in 2022, up 2% from the previous year, according to the state Employment Security Department.  That’s a lower growth rate than in previous years, likely due in part to cuts in the tech sector. Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, Meta and Google all announced significant layoffs in […]

More land jobs, fewer file for unemployment in May

BY: - June 15, 2023

Washington’s labor market is showing signs of gradual tightening as job opportunities and the number of workers willing to fill them move toward a balance. Employers added jobs in May, though less than in previous months. Meanwhile, the number of people seeking work climbed but the overall amount of openings fell. “Are there still ‘Help […]

There’s still time to receive an exemption from Washington’s long-term care tax

BY: - May 30, 2023

A deadline to apply for exemptions from Washington’s controversial long-term care tax is one day away.  People who live outside of Washington but work in the state, spouses of active-duty military service members, those with non-immigrant work visas and veterans with at least a 70% service-connected disability are all eligible for exemptions from the new […]