amazon, employment, technology, women of color

Women entrepreneurs find Amazon Marketplace profitable, perplexing


Some 300 women gathered Tuesday at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters — the company’s first conference geared to women entrepreneurs who sell on Amazon’s website.


employment, Work, workplace

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.




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day labor, employment, job, jobs, Work, workplace

Seattle Sees Job Growth, But Not in Real Estate Sectors

It’s been a while since we had a look at local job growth data, and now is as good a time as any to take a look at the latest data.

First up, year-over-year job growth, broken down into a few relevant sectors:

day labor, employment, job, jobs, personal income, Work, workplace

The Great Recession’s toll: Tallying the impact in the Northwest

For most of us, Washington’s economy has never been this bad. Since the mortgage bubble popped we’ve lost more jobs faster, and recovered more slowly, than at any time since the Second World War….