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December 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Vote: Your job situation in Washington

Earlier this week, the state reported that November unemployment rose to 6.2 percent even though an average of 7,200 jobs have been created this year.  The reason given: More people are re-entering the improving labor market.

There’s metro Seattle and there’s the rest of the state. Here a booming economy has driven unemployment down to 4.7 percent. But the statewide rate last month was above the national number of 5.8 percent. Washington’s job creation is relatively weak compared with this point in previous recoveries.

Please take this unscientific survey and let’s see if we can dig deeper into this issue:


 

This Week’s Links:

Insider traders are hosing us all | Robert Reich

Fed delays Volcker rule, giving Wall Street another holiday gift | Huffington Post

Eleven richest Americans have all received government subsidies | Angry Bear

What happened when Marissa Mayer tried to be Steve Jobs | NY Times Magazine

Bankers see $1 trillion of zombie investments stranded in oilfields | Bloomberg

New China high-speed rail line is equivalent to route from Seattle to LA | Planetizen

Congress changes savings accounts and retirement funds, and America sleeps | The Guardian

Too fast, too furious — the speedup you sense is real | n+1


 

Today’s Econ Haiku:

Another big fine

Memo warned Morgan of risk

No pen pals in jail


 

I invite you to follow me on Twitter @jontalton


 

Comments | More in Jobs/Unemployment | Topics: Friday polls, Washington unemployment

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