Washington's new employment report shows jobs growth in October was only about a third of what it was in September.
The numbers from the Employment Security Department show that job growth in October was the lowest it's been since May.
Much of the slowdown is being linked to the loss of 9,300 government jobs, however private sector hiring was also down 14 percent in October
Chelan and Douglas Counties are seeing a small reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations, which reflects a statewide trend.
The Washington State Hospital Association credits the drop to an increase in vaccinations.
But Association CEO Cassie Sauer says there's also a downside to the reduction
"The reason it is not good news is that one of the reasons the hospitalizations are falling is that deat
COVID-19 patients from Idaho are being outsourced to Washington, even though Washington is dealing with its own back-up of caseloads, according to new reporting from the New York Times.
Hospitals in northern Idaho are so overwhelmed with virus patients that they're now in a crisis standard of care, which means they're authorized to ration the care they offer
Governor Jay Inslee's office responded to calls by various law enforcement agencies across Washington State asking for a special session of the legislature to adjust and further define many of the newest policing laws.
In a statement, Press Secretary Mike Faulk said, "We strongly disagree with some of the interpretations of these new laws coming from some localities, and efforts are underway
The Washington State Sheriff's Association is formally asking Governor Jay Inslee to call a special session of the state legislature to address new policing laws.
A letter sent to Inslee by the association says the laws are confusing, hard to interpret and hinder officers from responding to emergency calls from the public