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Mayor McGinn gives progress update on Seattle Jobs Plan, focuses on work ahead to support shared prosperity
Mayor Mike McGinn updated the public on the progress of the Seattle Jobs Plan, launched three years ago, and described future efforts to support job creation in Seattle. New or expanded initiatives in 2013 include Startup Seattle, expansion of the Pathways to Careers and Career Bridge job training programs, new efforts to streamline permitting for restaurants and cafes, and new infrastructure projects including Gigabit Squared broadband.
Seattle's April 2013 unemployment rate was 4.7%, the lowest unemployment rate for the city since 2008. It is lower than the state unemployment rate of 7.0% and the national rate of 7.5%. Between February 2010 and April 2013 the Seattle metropolitan area's job growth rate is 7.7%, outpacing the state's growth rate of 5.8% and the U.S.'s growth rate of 4.9%.
"This is great news for Seattle as we put the worst days of the recession behind us," said McGinn. "But we cannot coast on our success. We can look across America to see examples of cities that did not continue innovating new ideas and new jobs and fell into decline. The Seattle Jobs Plan will help Seattle move forward by providing job training to those who still need a good job, supporting new innovation, and investing in our great neighborhood businesses."
Since 2010, the City of Seattle has made significant investments in its youth and young adults, its innovative entrepreneurs, its economic strengths and infrastructure. Some of these investments and outcomes include:
"The workforce of today -- and the workforce of our future -- must be diverse, highly skilled, nimble, and collaborative," said Jill Wakefield, Chancellor, Seattle Community Colleges. "Programs like Pathways to Careers, launched with a sizable investment from the City of Seattle, allows Seattle Community Colleges to broaden community partnerships and offer attainable, innovative education and training that provide all citizens with the skills to succeed in the world of work."
Looking ahead, this Jobs Plan update focuses on items to help Seattle build shared prosperity by maintaining an innovative economy, educating our children, and building for the future. These priorities include:
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