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Mayor McGinn gives progress update on Seattle Jobs Plan,
SEATTLE - Standing with business, labor and community leaders two years after the launch of the Seattle Jobs Plan, Mayor Mike McGinn updated the public on progress made and future efforts to support job creation in Seattle.
"This year has brought some of the most favorable economic news we've seen in Seattle since the Great Recession began in 2007," said McGinn. "Seattle's diverse economy is outperforming the region, the state, and the country in our rate of job growth and our retail sales. Existing businesses are expanding and new ones are being launched. This positive news is a testament to the hard work and creative thinking of Seattle residents and businesses."
An August report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics claims Seattle is fourth in the U.S. for job growth this year.
Since 2010, the City has made significant investments in youth and young adults, entrepreneurs, economic strengths and infrastructure. Some of these investments and outcomes include:
"Our growing life sciences sector in the South Lake Union neighborhood has benefited from the City's infrastructure investments in the area, and also from technical assistance directly to businesses," said Chris Rivera, president of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA). "The new north downtown substation and other investments will help increase job growth in our sector."
"The people of Seattle are building this recovery, but we still face challenges," said Mayor McGinn. "To solve them we will partner with businesses and residents to build an innovative economy that is sustainable, that enhances our quality of life, and that helps more people share in our prosperity."
Looking ahead, this Jobs Plan update includes specific, actionable items to help Seattle innovate, educate our children, and build for the future. Our next priorities include:
"I want Seattle to be known as a place where you can get training and education, get a job, and have the opportunity to move up - that we have a community that invests in its people, and have employers that are ready to hire those people and continue to be competitive in our global economy," said Jill Wakefield, Chancellor, Seattle Community Colleges District. "To realize this dream, we all need to partner together, differently - that's why we're proud to be a part of Pathways to Careers initiative because it brings different partners to the table around this shared goal."
Since launching the Pathways to Careers partnership this past January, 266 individuals have enrolled in training and education programs. Over the next three years, Pathways to Careers will reach 1,500 students and double student completion rates within targeted training pathways.
Seattle Jobs Plan
City's Office of Economic Development (OED)
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