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A Labor Day without enough labor to go around

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Love and work, said Sigmund Freud, are the fundamental human needs. It’s tough to measure the amount of love in Washington, but the state’s unemployment rate has become a rolling disaster.

This Labor Day isn’t much of an occasion for more than 300,000 jobless Washingtonians; when every day’s a holiday, no day’s a holiday. There’s no turnaround in sight: The state jobless rate, which had been edging downward for months, recently ticked upward again, to 9.3 percent.

Nor does that statistic reflect the countless people who can’t find full-time jobs or have flat given up looking for work. And it conceals groups suffering unusual distress, such as out-of-work African Americans and military veterans who enlisted after the 9/11 attacks. Read more »