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    Washington State sees another increase for October's unemployment rate
    The Employment Security Department released October unemployment numbers last week, stating an increase in the state’s unemployment rate up to 6.0% from September's number of 5.7%. The rest of the nation continues to trend downward,...
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    WA State's unemployment rate increased slightly for September
    The positive pattern of a steady or decreasing unemployment rate for our state ended with the Employment Security Department’s September report, which was released yesterday and showed an increase to 5.7%. Although the August number for...
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    Microsoft lets go of long-time Rare employees
    It's been a busy month over at Microsoft's games division, with the company making several pre-E3 announcements, including the news that a Kinect-less Xbox One will be arriving in stores next month. Following further shake-ups, CVG...
  • Walking up money
    Washington State to receive funds to expand the Short-Time Compensation Program
    Are you a worker facing a layoff and your employer doesn’t take part in the Short-Time Compensation Program (STC)? Are you or your employer unsure what this program is or does for workers facing a layoff?The Short-Time Compensation (STC)...
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    Dislocated workers have options for help finding a new future career
    Becoming laid off is a term many people are familiar with as they have likely been involved in this activity in some fashion or another. However, being a dislocated worker is a term that may not be so familiar. Even more unfamiliar may be the fact...
  • Big Fish is laying of 79 employees
    Big Fish is laying of 49 employees
    Update to the article: An astute reader pointed out that I had put an erroneous figure in the headline that has now been corrected.With changes in gaming trend and a shake up in management Seattle-based casual gaming company Big Fish is getting a...
  • Happy worker
    Companies looking to lay off workers should consider the Shared-Work Program
    On August 5, the Employment Security Department released information that Washington State employers are now able to take advantage of an incentive through June 2015 where they will see essentially no effect on their unemployment taxes simply by...
  • What can non-teachers do with their summers off
    What can non-teachers do with their summers off
    We usually think of teachers being the only profession out of work for the summer, but what about all of the peripheral jobs related to education.When I think of these jobs, I think of the food service workers, custodial workers, college students,...
  • Microsoft woman at table upset
    5 tips to survive being walked out the door of your job
    Making the decision to leave a job is hard; having that decision made for you is even harder. Whether it’s a layoff or being fired for performance, it can be a tough situation to pick up and move on from and it certainly doesn’t put a...
  • Seattle fairs well in Zygna layoffs
    Seattle fairs well in Zygna layoffs
    Last Tuesday, Jeff brought you the story of Zygna laying off 520 employees over the next three months. When they announced what cities would be affected the office in Seattle received some good news. According to a required filing with the...
  • Job Fair in Miami
    The weekly jobless claims number does not disappoint
    For the third week in a row, the weekly initial jobless claims number was less than the consensus estimate. According to the consensus estimate, 335,000 jobless claims were expected to be filed last week. However, the Labor Department reported...
  • THQ
    THQ files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, has a new owner
    THQ has today announced that they have entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with Clearlake Capital Group, outlining the acquisition of all of THQ's assets, including the company's four studios- Vigil, Volition, THQ Wireless and THQ...
  • Square Enix- Agni's Philosophy
    Square Enix hit with layoffs
    In a year full of game company closings and incessant layoffs, Square Enix has been the latest studio hit with employee layoffs this month. Joystiq Massively posted yesterday in an article that Square's LA offices has had to lay off some of...
  • Brooks Alberta XL Foods layoffs 2,000 workers temporarily
    Brooks Alberta XL Foods lays off 2,000 workers temporarily
    While it is not unexpected, it is still surprise to read the news ofthe news of the massive XL Foods temporary layoffs.Edmonton Journalreporting,"Citing the absence of a timeline for relicensing its Brooks plant, XL Foods Inc. announced...
  • Microsoft
    Microsoft layoffs confirmed
    July 9, 2012, marked Microsoft's annual Worldwide Partner Conference which was held in Toronto. The four-day event underscored landmark accomplishments for key products and offered previews of innovative upcoming releases as the company looks...