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April jobless numbers may be better but Wash still 45,500 jobs shy of 2008 peak

State jobless rates fell in April to 7 percent, down from 7.3 percent, bringing the state rate to its lowest since December 2008. Overall the state remains 45,500 jobs shy of the peak hit before the recession began in February that year, according to Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Employment Security Department.

The department’s monthly jobs report is here.

The Great Recession that began in February 2008 wiped out 205,600 jobs across the state, and the economy has regained more than three-quarters of that.

“Our April preliminary estimate was 2,933,500

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Sequester cuts starting to land in Washington, but impact on such sensitive programs as Head Start for kids won’t be felt right away

UPDATE: Our print story that expands on this post from Wednesday is here.

Budget gurus for the state of Washington are still calculating the actual effects of the much federal spending cuts being triggered by a 2011 budget vote in Congress known as the “sequestration.’’

But the cuts began taking effect Friday to the tune of almost $83 million in state-administered programs over the next seven months, and the timing and effects vary by program in state government and agencies it funds.

What is known is that vulnerable populations such as the disabled, seniors, kids in Head Start and

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State IT needs piling up; requests could top $400M

My Sunday report about the rent coming due on the State Data Center is only the latest installment in a long-running story. But the request that lawmakers approve a $25.1 million subsidy to cover least payments on the $255 million project is just a fraction of the information technology requests going to lawmakers this year.

In recent testimony before House and Senate budget committees, the state’s new chief information officer Michael Cockrill presented an overview suggesting there are close to $400 million in new spending requests for IT. Projects on the list are

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