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01/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 17:09

Govs Get It Done: Gov. Jay Inslee Oversees Record Low Unemployment

Washington State reported 4.3% unemployment, the lowest since 1976 as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced that Washington State achieved a record low unemployment rate. At 4.3%, Washington's unemployment under Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, is the lowest ever recorded by the BLS since 1976.

Over the past seven years as governor, Inslee has developed several economic initiatives including a $16 billion transportation investmentslated to create 200,000 jobs and Career Connect Washington which seeks to connect100,000 Washington students with career-connect learning opportunities.

'This is another in a long line of economic accomplishments earned under Governor Inslee's administration'said DGA National Press Secretary, Jerusalem Demsas. 'The governor's work to encourage business diversity, expand opportunity across the state, and invest in Washington's workforce is yet again paying off for residents of the Evergreen State.'

Under Inslee, Washington State has received several economic accolades:

  • Ranked 'Best State in the Country' by the U.S. News and World Reportwhich evaluated states based on the economic, infrastructure, educational, and health care metrics, among others.
  • Named 'Top State for Business'by CNBC which considered each state's workforce, transportation, infrastructure, education, quality of life, technology, and overall economic health.
  • Judged the 'Best State for Workers'by Oxfamin a report that weighed wage policies, worker protection policies, and labor policies in order to make its determination.
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