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.
State budget cuts have pushed the cost of college out of reach
For most Washington workers, wages haven't budged in 40 years, despite productivity gains
Rural Washingtonians are having a harder time getting by
No matter the job, women are earning less than men
It's not just money - gaps in opportunity span multiple areas
The unemployment rate doesn't include many people who work, but still can't get by.
The Wealthy Are Getting Wealthier and Everyone Else Isn't