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Hundreds flock to Amazon jobs fair in Kent

Susmita Diyali from Tukwila answers questions in a tent, waiting with others to go inside Amazon’s fulfillment center in Kent to apply for a job Wednesday. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

By Ángel González
Seattle Times business reporter is looking to hire some 50,000 good women and men to pick, stow and pack items in its U.S. warehouses.

About 1,200 of those mostly permanent jobs are in Washington state. So on Wednesday — a day that the e-commerce giant declared “Amazon Jobs Day” — job applicants lined up by the hundreds at the company’s gargantuan, robot-filled Kent warehouse with the hopes of landing a position in one of the Amazon facilities in the Puget Sound area.

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2017 Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP).


The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP), in support of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative, provides internship opportunities aimed at meeting the employment needs of underserved youth and young adults in our community. By promoting work readiness and strengthening career development, SYEP helps to prepare and support youth for real world jobs by providing them with the skills necessary to be competitive in the job market.

SYEP Internships

Internships start July 5, 2017 and end August 15, 2017.

Applications open March 13, 2017 and close April 14, 2017.

Internships will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

City of Seattle Resident
Ages 16 to 24

Demonstrated ability to be responsible, determined and committed
Meet HUD Income Guidelines

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Work Source: Basic Computer Skills October 7, 2016

This workshop goes over the basics of computer hardware, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using Microsoft Word and using the Internet for job search.

Limited space is available.
* This workshop provides job search credit for individuals claiming Unemployment Insurance benefits.

Fri., Oct. 7, 9:30am – 12pm

WorkSource Affiliate Rainier
2531 Rainier Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144

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Veterans Resource Orientation October 3, 2016


Meet with Vet Reps from YWCA. KC Veterans Program and WA State DVOP. Learn about the benefits and resources available to veterans, spouses and families. Let us assist you with your employment, housing and life stability needs.

Mon., Oct. 3, 10:30 – 11:30am
WorkSource Affiliate Downtown Seattle
2024 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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May 5 – Youth 16-24 Seattle Opportunity & Job Fair !

Your Future Starts Here Seattle & King County.

Are you between 16 and 24 and not in school or working?

More than 30 national and local companies want to hire you!

Register now!

Hundreds of Interviews & On the Spot Offers –
Register TODAY to guarantee your interview!

When: May 5th, 9 am to 4 pm – Come for most of the day or just a few hours

Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave, Seattle, WA 98134

What: Seattle Opportunity & Job Fair – Access everything you need to help with your job search or education

Meet and interview with more than 30 companies
Practice your interview skills with one-on-one coaching
Create or improve your resume with personalized support
Get help with job applications
Learn about options to complete high school and explore college
Tap into legal resources for youth involved with the justice system or interested in immigration services
Find a mentor, a job training program, and much more!

Looking for a ride to the Opportunity Fair? Lyft is providing up to $50 of ride share credit for registered attendees who are new users and over 18 years old. Click here to get your ride code! Under 18 or not a new user to Lyft? Bus passes will also be available at the fair.

Follow the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative on Facebook or Twitter for updates. You’ll also find great tools to help you get ready at

Looking for a flyer about the fair? Click here to download.

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More than 30 major companies to host youth opportunity job fair in Seattle

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On May 5, more than 30 major companies will host a hiring fair for youth at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The job fair is part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of top U.S. companies that is expanding its national youth hiring movement to Seattle. Together, they will interview hundreds of 16-24 year olds from King County who are disconnected from employment and education in an effort to connect them with meaningful job opportunities and a pathway to success.

Interested candidates are invited to register for free and pre-schedule their interviews for the May 5 event at

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National Workforce Development Week


The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) is celebrating National Workforce Development Week!

In honor of National Workforce Development Week, the WDC will be highlighting strategic partnerships with industry, education, community organizations, and labor within King County’s regional workforce development ecosystem. Join the conversation on Twitter to learn more about how business-led local workforce boards lead a system that is nimble, flexible, and adaptable to generate economic opportunity for businesses and job seekers in our community. Follow us at @SeattleKingWDC and #WorkforceDevWeek.

Read more Workforce Website

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Murray announces additional details on Income Inequality Symposium March 24, 2014

Also see the Ask the Mayor video from MARCH 25, 2014

Mayor Murray, Seattle University and Local Progress are presenting a one-day conference addressing income inequality and the role of the minimum wage in Seattle. The conference will be held on March 27 at Seattle University. It is free, open to the public, and will feature panelists and experts from around the country, as well as local experts and stakeholders.

The Symposium is a critical component of the Mayor’s efforts to address a cornerstone priority of his opportunity agenda: a meaningful increase in the compensation for Seattle workers. There are three primary goals for the Symposium:

Help inform ourselves of the rising income gap in our community and the complexities in addressing this issue,
Establish Seattle as a national leader in developing strategies to address income inequality, and
Serve as a model to catalyze a broader national movement to address the rising wealth gap in our country.

The Symposium is a part of the public engagement process being employed by the Income Inequality Advisory Committee which is charged with delivering to the Mayor a set of actionable recommendations to raising the minimum wage in Seattle by the end of April 2014.

What: Income Inequality Symposium

When: March 27, 2014, 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Reception to follow

Where: Seattle University, Campion Ball Room, Reception to be held in the Student Center

Cost: Free, open the public and media (registration required). Refreshments provided. Lunch $5. Reception: no-host bar.


At the Symposium, two studies commissioned by Income Inequality Advisory Committee will be presented. The studies, here and here, were conducted by Marieka Klawitter, Robert Plotnick, and Mark Long from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs; and Ken Jacobs, Michael Reich, and Annette Bernhardt from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Increasing the minimum wage is one of the most important decisions I will make as Mayor, and this process involved gathering as much authoritative research and data as we could to inform this decision,” Murray said of the studies.

“We wanted to understand who the low-wage workers are in our community. The UW study tells us that women and people of color disproportionately represent Seattle’s low-wage workforce. It also tells us that raising the minimum wage could significantly reduce poverty in our community,” Murray said. “The Berkeley study helps us understand how minimum wage increases elsewhere impacted workers and businesses in their respective communities, as well as the lessons learned from those experiences. Their findings suggest that a thoughtful and balanced approach to increasing the minimum wage can meaningfully address income inequality, while maintaining a healthy and supportive environment for small businesses and non-profit organizations.”

Panelists and speakers include: Nick Hanauer; San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos; Philadelphia City Councilmember, Wilson Goode; Chicago Alders Roderick Sawyer, Toni Foulkes, and John Arena; Seattle Councilmembers Nick Licata, Bruce Harrell, and Kshama Sawant; Lori Pfingst, Center for Budget and Policy; Dorian Warren, Columbia University; Michael Reich and Ken Jacobs, UC Berkeley; Marieka Klawitter and Bob Plotnik, University of Washington; Jasmine Donovan, Dick’s; Saru Jayaman, ROCUnited; Dick Conway, Puget Sound Forecast; Maud Daudon, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce; Heather Boushey, Washington Center for Equitable Growth; Paul Sonn, National Employment Law Project, and other national and local experts, employers and stakeholders.

Campion Ballroom
Seattle University
914 E. Jefferson St.
Seattle, Washington 98122

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Workforce CEO Marlena Sessions Honored

Workforce CEO Sessions Honored: South celebrates Marlena Sessions with first annual Workforce

South Seattle Community College President Gary Oertli presented Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County CEO Marlena Sessions with the Workforce Champion Award in December.

Since becoming Chief Executive Officer for the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County in 2009, Marlena Sessions has worked closely with South Seattle Community College in supporting students as they work towards the skills required to be successful in their careers.

One such student, 26-year-old Thien-an Le, is currently working through her prerequisites to become a Registered Nurse through South. The program and support she and her colleagues receive is due in large part to help from Sessions and the Workforce Development Council.

“I feel that the education I am receiving from South will help me prepare for a successful career,” Le said. “A lot of the staff at South seem to genuinely care about our success. They engage us, encourage us to learn, and reach out to you when they think something is wrong.”

Sessions’ passion for improving our economy and helping our workers become self-sufficient has positively impacted many lives like Le’s, and South Seattle Community College President Gary Oertli honored her with the school’s first annual Workforce Champion Award in December.

Over the years Sessions and South have worked closely on a number of initiatives, including cohort training in nursing, energy management, commercial building auditing, welding composites and more. She has also partnered with South in bringing customized training to the health care field through the Health Care for All project and developing navigation services for the Air Washington Initiative.

“Under Marlena’s leadership, the Workforce Development Council invested more than $300,000 in workforce cohorts in 2012 alone in addition to over $100,000 in Individual Training Accounts and direct tuition to students at South Seattle Community College, impacting over 150 students” South Dean of Workforce Development and New Initiatives Wendy Price said.

During her time as CEO of WDC, Sessions has brought the council’s work to national prominence with innovation in job training initiatives. In 2010 the Working for America Institute named WDC one of the top four workforce boards in the U.S.

“We dedicate this first Workforce Champion Award to Marlena for her commitment to the workforce of this region, to creating opportunities for the job seekers across our city and country, and for her belief in the critical role education plays in the career path for so many,” Price said.

“I am honored to receive the first Workforce Champion Award from South Seattle Community College,” Sessions said. “The educational initiatives developed with South to better prepare our workers for successful careers pairs perfectly with mission of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.”

To learn more about the programs and courses offered at South, including Nursing, please visit

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Jobaline: Start-up helps hourly workers land jobs through text messaging


KIRKLAND, Wash. – A Kirkland-based tech start-up is revolutionizing the way hourly workers find jobs, and all that’s needed is a phone that can text.

As a former Microsoft manager, Jobaline founder and CEO Luis Salazar saw a serious problem plaguing hourly workers trying to connect with employers. This digital divide, he said, is not only hurting those needing work but it’s also costing employers’ time and money.

“Twenty percent of households in the U.S. don’t have access to the Internet,” Salazar said. “It’s worrisome that this industry doesn’t allow you to instantly search and create job applications via mobile devices.”

There are 75 million hourly workers in the United States, which accounts for 57 percent of the country’s total workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While access to a computer or the Internet isn’t always a possibility, Salazar said text messaging can be done from nearly every cell phone, and that’s where Jobaline can help.