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The labor market and meat vendors

By Chad Pearson, Business Outreach, Employment Security Department

Knowing what’s going on with the labor market is a lot like the relationship with your meat vendor. You don’t need to review it every day, but you need to make sure you’re competitive or you won’t be in business for long. As a retail leader, you know how to look for new vendors, but what about paying the right wage or knowing if there are enough workers to fill your job openings in the future?

One place to start is the Employment Security Department (ESD) website. We gather information from employers, aggregate it and give it to you in simple terms at no additional cost. Valuable employment data is available on ESD’s Labor Market Information page, such as:

  • Employment projections
  • Worker supply-and-demand reports
  • Average and median wages

The data can be customized so you can digest it the way you like it. Dive lightly into graphs or deep into spreadsheets; you make the choice.

A favorite tool is learn about an occupation. There, you can look up individual positions or job categories, add filters such as location or demand, and see average wages, employment trends and expected annual openings. This page gives hiring managers and job seekers a great deal of information to make informed decisions.

Now you’re armed with solid information. To make sure you get the best candidate, head over to WorkSourceWA.com to post your jobs. For upcoming retail jobs fairs, please visit WorkSources workshop and hiring events page.

Once there, you will find a Dollar Tree hiring fair in Kennewick and another in Auburn the same day, Thursday of this week. Other hiring fairs are scheduled in Tacoma, Vancouver, Yakima and Tulalip either later this month or in September.

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