Employment is focus for state legislators, business leaders at Issaquah forum

June 4, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 12:30 p.m. June 4, 2012

Citizens can join state legislators and business leaders soon at a local forum to discuss the dearth of young adult employment in Washington.

The employment rate is only 43 percent for young adults age 16 to 24 in Washington — the ninth-lowest in the United States, according to government labor statistics. Community Forums Network is hosting forums and promoting a survey to collect feedback on how to fix the problem.

The local forum is hosted by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah History Museums and Community Forums Network. The event scheduled for 3:30 p.m. June 14 at the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N.

The forum is free and open to the public. RSVP and find more information at the Community Forums Network website about the event.

“In the greater Issaquah community and throughout the state, we are seeing the day-to-day impact of young adult joblessness and the struggle that young people are having in the current job market,” chamber CEO Matthew Bott said. “The new economic reality mandates that we come together to solve this issue, as it is key to our state’s economic future. We are glad to be partnering with Community Forums Network to help identify solutions.”

The forum includes a panel discussion with state Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, state Rep. Jay Rodne, R-North Bend, and Jim Spady, vice president of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurant.

“The CFN mission is to discover consensus on major issues and to share those insights with policy decision-makers,” said Carrie Shaw, Community Forums Network executive director. “All we hear about is how divided we are on important issues. We want to buck that conventional wisdom and find consensus on important issues like job creation. It’s a more solutions-based approach.”

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One Response to “Employment is focus for state legislators, business leaders at Issaquah forum”

  1. Smoley on June 4th, 2012 12:52 pm

    What’s the unemployment rate of young people in this area?

    It could be that a large number of these young folks are still in college and living off mom & dad’s dime and aren’t even looking for work. I don’t particularly see that as a problem (as long as mom & dad are happy with it). Having to get up and go to class every day, do your homework and pass exams does provide some form of work ethic.

    I’m more concerned about the young people in Washington who are looking for work and are unable to find a job. What’s that number?

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