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The number of Washington state residents holding two or more jobs is higher than the national average.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5.7 percent of employed Washington state residents hold more than one job, compared with the U.S. average of 4.9 percent.

South Dakota tops the list, with 9.5 percent of its residents holding two or more jobs, followed by Vermont (8.6 percent), and Nebraska (8.5 percent). Florida held the lowest percentage (3.4 percent) of residents holding multiple jobs. read more »

 

OLYMPIA — In a survey last spring, Washington employers reported they expect to nearly double their job openings by spring 2014.

According to the Employment Security Department’s 2013 Spring Job-Vacancy and Hiring Survey Report, job vacancies in Washington increased by 63 percent, from nearly 52,000 in spring 2012 to more than 85,000 in spring 2013.

More than two-thirds of the 2013 vacancies were in the west urban area of the state. Also, 26 percent of the total vacancies were newly created positions, compared with 22 percent a year earlier. More than three-fourths of the total vacancies were permanent positions. read more »

 

Up to 1,200 Boeing technology research jobs will be leaving Washington state to points south, to new sites in Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina.

The company announced last week it plans to establish new Boeing Research & Technology centers in those three states, all of which also are contenders to build the 777X jetliner, as part of a general shift of Boeing brainpower away from Washington.

Boeing’s announcement belies the widely held belief that Boeing’s moves to the south primarily have to do with finding cheap assembly workers. This move cuts to the core of Boeing’s intellectual capital in Washington, although the research workers in Southern states may, indeed, be cheaper. read more »

 

OLYMPIA — An estimated 25,000 jobless workers in Washington will be shut off of unemployment benefits when the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program ends on Dec. 28.

Since being activated in July 2008, the program has paid about $6.3 billion in federally funded unemployment benefits to more than 452,000 jobless workers in Washington, according to the state Employment Security Department.

In Kitsap County, 728 people would lose extended unemployment benefits, while 223 Mason County residents and 3,279 in Pierce County would be affected.

Currently, up to 63 weeks of unemployment benefits are available in Washington, including 26 weeks of regular benefits and 37 weeks of emergency unemployment compensation (EUC). After Dec. 28, only regular benefits will be available for most Washington workers. read more »

 
Human Resources

Hey Mom and Dad, where were you on Nov. 7? If your child is a Millennial with a job, there’s a chance you went to their workplace for Bring Your Parents to Work Day!

If you’ve been in the workforce as long as I have, you probably remember when the Take Your Daughter to Work Day started. We wanted to inspire our daughters to believe that all opportunities were available to them in the workplace, beyond the stereotypical female-held positions. Once those barriers were broken, we realized there was value in all of our children seeing what their parents did at work, so we opened it up to our sons as well, and it became Take your Daughters and Sons to Work. Not to be outdone, animal lovers then created Take Your Dog to Work Day, which was held this year on June 21. So what’s left? Yes, you’ve guessed it. Bring Your Parents. read more »

 

The Kitsap Development Officers Group will hold a meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Poulsbo Library, 700 NE Lincoln Road.

Ian Adair, executive director of The Martinez Foundation, will speak on donor stewardship. All nonprofits are welcome at this free presenetion; RSVP to kitsapdevelopment [at] gmail [dot] com.

The presentation on Donor Retention and the Importance of Personalizing Stewardship will cover:

  • What donors really want from an organization after they donate
  • What stewardship practices get the best results
  • How to involve donors on a more personal level
  • How to build trust between organization’s leadership and the donor

 

 
Human Resources

The board of directors for United Way of Kitsap County is made up of local individuals from all walks of life who volunteer their time and talents to make decisions to meet local community needs. Currently the board has 20 members — who serve a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms — with a minimum of five vacancies to be filled by January 2014.

The board of directors meets on the third Thursday of each month to conduct the business of United Way. Board members are also responsible for participating in various committees as well as making a monetary contribution at a comfortable level.

Currently, United Way is nearing the conclusion of its 2013 annual campaign. Every year the board reviews dozens of Kitsap agencies, researches community needs and then allocates local donations to the organizations that are making the biggest impact in Kitsap County. read more »

 

Business Examiner

Looking over November’s job numbers, William C. Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business, noted that hiring in the small business sector has been relatively flat.

“The small-business hiring trend stayed positive in November, but that is as good at it gets,” he said. “While NFIB owners increased employment last month, it was only by an average of 0.05 workers per firm, half the October figure, and historically low.”

Seasonally adjusted, 14 percent of the owners (up 2 points) reported adding an average of 3.7 workers per firm over the past few months. Offsetting that, 12 percent reduced employment (up 3 points) an average of 3.4 workers, producing the seasonally adjusted gain of 0.05 workers per firm overall. The remaining 74 percent of owners made no net change in employment. read more »

 

Premiums for workers’ compensation insurance next year will increase for the first time in three years, the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced Dec. 2. The average 2.7 percent rate increase for 2014 premiums is an increase of less than two cents per hour worked.

“This modest increase in rates is part of a long-term plan to ensure steady and predictable rates by benchmarking against wage inflation,” department director Joel Sacks said. “It will also help to gradually rebuild the workers’ comp reserves.”

Noting that the 2011 reforms are projected to save approximately $150 million in the fiscal year that ends next July, Sacks said the agency will do even more to reduce costs. read more »

 
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