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Special Reports

Last updated: August 11, 2009

A 50-Year Perspective of Employment Trends in Washington State, 1947 - 1997 (.pdf)
May 1998
This special report captures 50 years of post-war nonfarm employment in Washington. The sector-by-sector analysis provides an historical account of the events and activities that helped make Washington's economy what it is today.
Aprenticeship in Washington: Effective, Underutilized (.pdf)
September 1998.
An in-depth analysis of current trends of apprenticeship programs within the state. The study assesses the effectiveness and impact of the programs on individuals and the overall job market.
Estimating Dislocated Workers in Washington (.pdf)
March 1998
An in-depth study of four different approaches to estimating dislocated workers.
Green Economy Jobs, 2008 Washington State

Addendum to the report
This report presents the findings of a survey of private-sector employers in Washington State. The goal of the survey was to identify the number and type of jobs in the state's emerging green economy and to establish a baseline measure that can be used to track industry and growth in Washington's "green economy."
Industry Profiles Descriptive analyses designed to assist customers that want a short overview of the major industries in Washington State. These profiles use tables, figures and narratives to highlight the characteristics, employment changes and outlook for 34 major industries in Washington State. The profiles include wage distribution information and occupational staffing patterns.
Labor and Skill Shortages in Washington: Findings from the LMEA Supply-Demand Survey (.pdf)
September 1997
An in-depth study assessing the current hiring environment in Washington State.
Labor Market and Economic Comparison of Rural and Urban Washington (.pdf)
February 2001
This report discusses the significant and widening wage and income gap between rural and urban Washington as well as the labor force and industry variances that appear to be driving those disparities.
Non-Agricultural Wage and Salary Employment (.xls)
1999 revised and 2000 preliminary data (Excel file)
In the benchmarking process, the numbers from unemployment insurance tax reports are used to produce an actual count of employment in each industrial classification. Over 90 percent of all employees are covered by unemployment insurance and these reports produce a fairly accurate count of jobs in each area of the state. Results from these records are supplemented with estimates of workers not covered by unemployment insurance in order to give a more complete total estimate. The process of incorporating these data is called "benchmarking". The benchmark numbers are then used as a point of reference in making subsequent monthly estimates based on sample data from Current Employment Statistics Survey (CES).
Resident Civilian Labor Force, Employment, Unemployment and Unemployment Rate (.xls)
1980 - 2001 (by month) | 1990 - 2001 (by year)
Annual Resident Civilian Labor Force benchmark tables for Washington State, PMSAs, MSAs and counties - with total labor force, total employment, total unemployment and unemployment rates. Download Historical Resident Civilian Labor Force tables in Excel 5.0 format.
Unemployment-Inflation Relationship (.pdf)
June 1999
An economic concept describing the unemployment rate that produces a stable rate of inflation.
Worker Productivity Trends in Washington, 1977-1997 (.pdf)
October 1999
Worker Productivity is considered by many as the single most important benchmark of an economy's ability to boost income and improve the standard of living. This study analyzes trends in Washington State over the past 20 years.

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