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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 2019

Legislative Impacts:

  • E2SSB 5356 Establishing the Washington State LGBTQ Commission - the LGBTQ Commission (Commission) is established in the Office of the Governor.

  • ESHB 1696 Wage and salary information - An employer may not seek the wage or salary history of an applicant or require that the applicant's prior wage or salary history meet certain criteria, with some exceptions.

  • HB 1575 Strengthening the rights of workers through collective bargaining by addressing authorizations and revocations, certifications, and the authority to deduct and accept union dues and fees - Provisions are established regarding an employee's authorization to deduct membership dues from the employee's salary. Public employers and an employee organization are not liable in, and have a complete defense to, any claims or actions for requiring, deducting, receiving, or retaining agency or fair share fees from public employees, if the fees were permitted under state law and paid before June 27, 2018.

  • SB 5022 Higher education interest arbitration - Granting binding interest arbitration rights to certain higher education uniformed personnel.

  • SB 5199 Correctional employee arbitration - Granting certain correctional employees binding interest arbitration.

  • SSB 5297 Assistant AG bargaining - Extending collective bargaining rights to AAG's.

  • HB 1533 Domestic Violence resources in workplace - Making information about domestic violence resources available in the workplace,

  • SHB 1931 Expression of breast milk - Concerning reasonable accommodation for the expression of breast milk in the workplace.

  • SSB 5861 Legislature/code of conduct - Extending respectful workplace code of conduct provisions to all members of the legislative community.

  • SHB 1399 Paid family & medical leave - Modifies and reorganizes certain statutes in the family and medical leave program.

  • SB 5233 Sick leave & collective bargaining - Creating alternative process for sick leave benefits for workers represented by a CBA. Allows workers covered under a collective bargaining agreement for the construction industry to negotiate comparable benefits that ensure that: (1) Eligibility can be achieved; and (2) The benefits are portable from employer to employer.

  • ESHB 1692 Agency employees/harassment - Protecting information concerning agency employees who have filed a claim of harassment or stalking


  • Executive Order 19-01 Veteran and Military Family Transition and Readiness Support.

  • Inclusive and respectful work environments improvement roadmap.

  • Enterprise IT professional structure implementation.

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


Last Updated: 08/05/2019
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Update Frequency: annually (end of fiscal year)

Last updated
Monday, August 5, 2019
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