State of Working Washington

Welcome to the State of Working Washington. Here, you will find our annual State of Working Washington Report and interactive graphs that will inform you about how Washingtonians are faring – from the cost of education to income inequality to pay.

Spoiler: it’s not always getting better…

Note: The graphs will not be interactive on mobile phones.

Growing Jobs, Stagnant Wages, Increasing Inequality and Rising Prices
The State of Working Washington 2018: Full Report

Since the Great Recession, Washington has added over 400,000 jobs. But sluggish wage growth and rising prices are making the state a more difficult place to work and raise a family.

Even after adjusting for inflation, costs for rent, home ownership, health care, child care, and higher education have outpaced modest increases in median family income.

Read the Report …

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Public Higher Education Tuition in Washington

State budget cuts have pushed the cost of college out of reach

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Wages vs. Productivity

For most Washington workers, wages haven't budged in 40 years, despite productivity gains

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Living Wage Metrics by County

Rural Washingtonians are having a harder time getting by

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The Pay Gap by Industry in Washington

No matter the job, women are earning less than men

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Washington State’s Race Gaps

It's not just money - gaps in opportunity span multiple areas

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Unemployment and Underemployment

The unemployment rate doesn't include many people who work, but still can't get by.

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Income Inequality in Washington

The Wealthy Are Getting Wealthier and Everyone Else Isn't

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Pay Disparities by Race and Sex

The wage gap can't be explained without discrimination