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Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area continues to have amongst the lowest unemployment rate in U.S. in January

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, March 21, 2014
Written by Glenn Coil - Senior Manager, Public Policy & Research

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its January labor force and unemployment report for January 2014 on Friday.  As previous reports have reflected, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metropolitan division continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. In January, the Seattle-Everett area had an unemployment rate of 5.4%, ranking 5th lowest nationally. Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland, had the lowest rate, 4.6 percent.

In Snohomish County, WA ESD reports that the County unemployment rate in January was 6%, which was up from 5.4%  in December, but down from January 2013’s rate of 6.6%.  Snohomish County had 265,400 jobs in January, a gain of 1,200 from January 2013.

WA ESD reports that “Year-to-year growth was observed in leisure and hospitality, government, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, retail trade, other services, professional and business services and wholesale trade. Year-to-year declines were observed in manufacturing, information, education and health services. Construction did not change over the year.”

More details about Snohomish County can be found on WA ESD’s Labor Area Summary webpage.


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Washington STEM Summit & STEM Network Meeting

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, December 06, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Senior Manager, Public Policy & Research

EASC continues to advocate for improving our education systems, including adopting and incorporating STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles into the curriculum.  The goal is to increase the critical thinking and related skills of local students needed to compete for 21st century jobs as well as make Snohomish County schools attractive to employers and employees looking to locate here.

This week EASC participated in a STEM summit at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond WA, where speakers discussed the need for and success of STEM education. Speakers included Ms. Abshir, a student at Rainer Beach High School, Brad Smith of Microsoft, and Gov. Jay Inslee. The afternoon was filled with workshops including topics such as "Raising Awareness and Spreading Success (of STEM)” and ”Creating Models for a Robust and Diverse STEM Pipeline.”

The next day EASC attended a STEM network meeting at the Brightwater Center near Maltby to share best practices of other local STEM networks, and to begin the creation of the Snohomish County STEM network. EASC is currently working with Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS), utilizing a grant from WA STEM, to develop a STEM network business plan that will lead to a Snohomish County STEM network.

 

Links:

WA STEM Summit: http://www.washingtonstem.org/Get-Involved/Events/STEM-Summit

WA STEM: http://www.washingtonstem.org/

WABS: http://www.wabsalliance.org/

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EASC joins aerospace and civic leaders at AFA 8th Annual Governor’s Aerospace Summit

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, October 04, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager

This week, EASC helped support Aerospace Future’s Alliance in hosting their 8th Annual Governor’s Aerospace Summit at Comcast Arena in Everett. The event had over 250 attendees from the aerospace industry, including the CEO of Zodiac Aerospace, who flew in from France.  

The highlights of the Summit included Governor Inslee proposing new tax incentives that would extend existing aerospace B&O tax rates to 2040, if Boeing chooses to locate the 777x program in Washington. It would also benefit existing and future aerospace related businesses.  

Aviation Technical Services (ATS), located at Paine Field, was honored as Aerospace Company of the Year. Matt Yerbic, CEO and president of ATS, as well as EASC Trustee, shared when receiving the award "It’s great to be recognized among our peers within our state’s aerospace community. We are proud to support technical jobs within Washington and drive the growth of aerospace in this state and beyond.”

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State Legislators and local elected leaders tour Snohomish County transportation projects

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, September 20, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager

On Thursday September 12th, Governor Inlsee kicked off the Snohomish County Legislative Tour of Transportation Projects.

The tour showcased  17 projects within the North Puget Sound Manufacturing Corridor that need funding to maintain and improve the economic vitality and competitiveness of Snohomish County. These projects, when completed, will help attract and retain aerospace and advanced manufacturing businesses, increase freight mobility, and enhance connectivity to job centers.

In attendance at the kick off at the Lynnwood Transit Center  were about 100 people including Mayors and Councilmembers of the cities and towns of Snohomish County, members of the business community and well as passers-by waiting for their buses, many of whom expressed their interest in seeing a healthy regional transportation network.

The tour was conducted using a Community Transit bus which was filled to capacity. Among the State Legislators in attendance was Sen. Tracey Eide, Vice-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. Tour sites included the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal, the Paine Field/ Boeing Manufacturing/Industrial Center, Port of Everett, Everett Community College/WSU  and  the Marysville Gateway/ 429/I-5 interchange.

The tour stopped at Arlington Airport and the proposed Manufacturing Industrial Center, where currently 60% of the jobs are in manufacturing. While there, leaders from the local business community, including MicroGreen, Outback Power, Bowman and Wal-mart, expressed their need and desire to see a transportation package passed that will help them expand their businesses and create jobs.
 
The tour was conducted by Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC), in partnership with Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation (SCCIT). EASC is leading a coalition of business, government, labor and environmental leaders as they press the WA legislature to pass a statewide Transportation Funding Package in a special session this Fall.

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Help support a Transportation Funding Package for Snohomish County

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, September 06, 2013
Help support a Transportation Funding Package for Snohomish County

EASC is leading a coalition of business, government, labor and environmental leaders as they press the WA legislature to pass a Transportation Funding Package in a special session this Fall.

 

Events include:

Thursday September 12th, 12pm: Lynnwood Transit Center
20100 48th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Please join EASC as Governor Inslee’s kicks off the Snohomish County Legislative Tour of Transportation Projects.

The tour will showcase projects that need funding to maintain and improve the economic vitality and competitiveness of Snohomish County. These projects, when complete, will help attract and retain aerospace and advanced manufacturing businesses, increase freight mobility, and enhance connectivity to job centers. After the kick-off, State Legislators, local elected officials and business leaders will depart for the tour.

 

Wednesday September 18th, 6pm: Snohomish County, Robert Drewel Building
3000 Rockefeller Ave., 1st floor, Everett, WA 98201

EASC is coordinating efforts to advocate for Snohomish County transportation projects at the Senate Transportation Leadership Forum being held in Everett.

Senate Transportation Committee co-chairs Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, are conducting a statewide listening tour aimed at gathering input from Washington residents on building a new package of transportation projects. The  public meeting will  feature presentations from regional transportation officials, as well asan  opportunity for public comment.

 

Other efforts to help include contacting your legislator urging them to pass a comprehensive transportation package.
Visit the Keep Washington Rolling website to Take Action TODAY.



Click here to download our NPSMC map for a list of key transportation projects in Snohomish County.

 

For more information about these upcoming events, or about EASC's efforts on Transportation in Snohomish County, contact Glenn Coil at 425-248-4214 or GlennC@economicalliancesc.org.


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Highlights from SCCIT & Advocacy Board meetings

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, August 23, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager

This week EASC hosted the monthly Board meeting of the Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation (SCCIT). The discussion this week centered on the upcoming Legislator’s Transportation Projects Bus Tour, which will occur September 12 from noon to 4pm. Governor Inslee will kick off the event, which starts at the Lynnwood Transit Center, and will consist of state and local legislators, public officials, and members of the business community touring the County’s road and transit network and potential transportation projects that will increase the livability and business attractiveness of the County.

If you are interested in joining the Bus tour, please contact Glenn Coil.

EASC also conducted its quarterly Advocacy Board meeting. There was a discussion of the past legislative session. EASC was complimented for keeping the transportation funding conversation alive, even though legislation has yet to be passed. Our CEO, Troy McClelland, gave an update on the 777X and why winning the production is beneficial to the local economy.

The Board also reviewed the "Legislative Agenda Regional Priorities” list and discussed what needs to be fine-tuned for the 2014 session.

The next Advocacy Board meeting will be November 20th, 2013.

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County Unemployment falls to 5.6% in July

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, August 23, 2013
Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager

WA Employment Security Department released data this week that showed that Snohomish County unemployment fell to 5.6% in July. This is the second lowest in the Puget Sound region. The Statewide rate in July was 6.8%.

Other findings revealed:
  • Nonfarm employment in Snohomish County expanded by 1,500 from June to July, with a July tally of 268,900.
  • Employment growth over the month was attributable to hiring by private sector employers.
  • From July 2012 to July 2013, 5,000 jobs were added to the Snohomish County economy. The private sector has been responsible for most job growth year-over-year (4,500).
  • Manufacturing led early economic recovery in Snohomish County and statewide. Employment in Snohomish County’s largest sector apparently reached its peak in late 2012, and has begun to decline.
  • The financial activities sector continued to struggle into mid 2012, when employment finally began to turn the corner. Employment in this sector has grown over the past 12 months.
  • Although July showed a dip in the labor force by 3,630, there has been a trend throughout 2013 toward expanding participation in the labor market.

More information can be found at WA ESD website.

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WA Senators propose tax change to help Ports compete

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, August 16, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager


Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray unveiled legislation, the Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century, that would bring tax money back to local ports which would help increase commerce activity and create jobs.


The current Harbor Maintenance Tax, in place since 1986, is imposed on all inbound cargo containers arriving at U.S. ports, and is supposed to be used for dredging. But it has been a handicap for Puget Sound's deepwater ports, because they don’t need that kind of dredging. Moreover, the extra cost from the tax has been one of several factors diverting U.S.-bound cargo to Canadian ports to the north.

It is estimated that about 300,000 to 400,000 containers are now being diverted from Puget Sound to Canada primarily due to the Harbor Maintenance Tax.

Under the Cantwell-Murray proposal, funds collected could be used by ports nationwide for a wider variety of maritime infrastructure projects than just dredging, and all of the money collected would be used for ports — instead of just half, as is now the case.

"We can’t make the investments in our infrastructure our ports need to make to be competitive,” said Murray. "It’s hurting our ports and holding the economy back.”

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Senate Coalition Caucus to hold public meetings to hear about proposed transportation funding and reforms

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, August 09, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager

Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima), co-chair of Senate Transportation Committee, announced that he would like WSDOT to cooperate in coordinating a series of public meetings around the State to gather as much input as possible from Washington residents and WSDOT officials in order to craft a viable transportation package that could be supported by lawmakers as well as taxpayers.

"In order to pass a transportation package of any substance there will likely be a need for additional revenue to pay for projects,” King said, "but before we go to the people asking for more money, the state needs to prove that it’s already stretching every dollar it has. We’ve compiled a list of ten reforms that could be implemented to save millions of dollars with minimal impact to other areas of the budget, and it’s our intention to discuss those ideas with DOT and the public at these meetings.”

October 7th has been tentatively set as the date for the WSDOT Northwest Region, which will focus particularly on Snohomish County transportation issues. EASC will assist in organizing this effort and in gathering feedback and comments from the business community and other local stakeholders.

More information to come.

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EASC joins WDC in Snohomish County Blueprint Partnership event

Posted By Samantha Bowers, Friday, August 02, 2013

Written by Glenn Coil, Research Projects Manager

On Thursday, August 1st, EASC staff joined Workforce Development Council, as well as local elected officials, representatives from school districts and other key community and business partners at the Port of Everett conference center to share Snohomish County Blueprint 10-Year Impact Study results and key findings and to discuss next steps for collective impact.

Key findings found that in the last decade:

  • The Snohomish County Blueprint Partnership attracted and aligned $70,371,137.
  • Economic Alliance Snohomish County attracted, retained, or expanded 20 firms resulting in 2,062 jobs, and
  • Seven school districts and Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center developed, updated, or expanded 194 programs

The Snohomish County Blueprint Partnership is a partnership of Snohomish County government, educational institutions, and workforce and economic development organizations aiming to develop a collaborative, comprehensive approach that unifies education, workforce, and economic development in Snohomish County. The Blueprint Partnership fosters economic vitality in Snohomish County by retaining and attracting jobs in key industry clusters targeted for economic development.

You may visit the updated Snohomish County Blueprint website at http://snocoblueprint.org/ and read the Snohomish County Blueprint 10-Year Impact Study at http://snocoblueprint.org/documents/BlueprintImpactStudy.pdf.

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