Workforce Data and Trends Overview

The Washington state workforce data and trends overview includes all permanent and nonpermanent employees in state agencies under the jurisdiction of the governor and other executive elected officials.

It does not, however, cover employees in higher education and certain others, such as emergency firefighters, Youth Conservation Corps members and those who are paid by the state’s payroll system but are not considered state employees.

Some information focuses on the executive branch, which composes about 98.2 percent of the workforce, excluding higher education and commodities commissions. The legislative branch and judicial branch represent the remaining 1.8 percent.

The primary source of the information is the enterprise Human Resource Management System, or HRMS.

Key Events affecting the Workforce in fiscal year 2018

Legislative Impacts:

  • ESSB 5975 – Establish the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program, which provides up to 16 weeks of leave for those wanting to take time off to care for a new infant or care for a family member. Effective Oct. 19, 2017.

  • Initiative 1433 – Implement minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

  • HB 1506 – Address workplace practices to achieve gender pay equity, effective June 7, 2018. The Department of Labor and Industries establishes rules and investigates complaints under the act.

  • HB 2661 – Protect survivors of domestic assault from employment discrimination, effective June 7, 2018. It ensures that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking are able to seek and maintain employment without fear of discrimination and have reasonable safety accommodations in the workplace.

  • SB 5996 – Encourage the disclosure and discussion of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace, effective June 7, 2018.

  • HB 2208 – Authorize criminal background investigations for current and prospective employees and contractors with access to federal tax information, effective June 7, 2018.

  • HB 1298 – Prohibit employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position, effective June 7, 2018. The Office of the Attorney General enforces provisions.

  • HB 2759 – Establish the Washington State Women’s Commission, effective June 7, 2018. The commission monitors state legislation and advocates for legislation affecting women; works with state agencies to assess programs and policies that affect women; coordinates with the minority commissions and Human Rights Commission to address issues of mutual concern; and liaises with the public and private sector to eliminate barriers to women’s economic equity.

  • HB 1661 – Implement the new Department of Children, Youth, and Families, merging the Department of Early Learning with sections of the Department of Social and Health Services responsible for children, family and certain juvenile justice services. Effective Oct. 19, 2017; agency opens July 1, 2018.

  • HB 1434 – Add to the Shared Leave Program the use of shared leave for employees who are sick or temporarily disabled because of pregnancy disability or for the purposes of parental leave to bond with the employee's newborn, adoptive or foster child, effective July 1, 2018.

  • Negotiated and legislatively approved general wage increase of 2 percent for most state employees, effective July 1, 2018.

Initiatives:
  • Launch of a People with Disabilities business resource group.

  • Launch of a Washington Immigrant Network business resource group.

  • Launch of a Washington Workforce Analytics ad hoc reporting system to replace end-of-life system.

  • Enterprise IT professional structure implementation activities, including negotiation with labor unions.

  • One Washington business preparation and readiness for the implementation of new core enterprise systems beginning with the state financial systems.

Last Updated: 08/02/2018
Time Period: N/A
Update Frequency: annually (end of fiscal year)