I rejoice in reading this,my adopted state,4th highest Union State,$15 dollar min wage,Hmm thinking that all these forces together must have created a utopian storm of good,so to all the naysayers a look to WA as a model of upward mobility combined with social responsibility.

The best and worst states to make a living in 2014- MSN Money

No. 1 best: Washington
Washington repeats as the best state for all-round employment conditions, and it held the No. 2 spot in the two years before that. Washington's strengths include one of the highest average incomes in the nation, no state income tax and workplace conditions that ranked in the top 10 in the Gallup-Healthways survey. The state's unemployment rate and cost of living are above average, but only slightly, so this is not enough to undermine its positives.


States with the strongest and weakest unions- MSN Money

4th strongest: Washington
Pct. of workers in unions: 18.9 percent
Union workers: 544,986 (8th highest)
10-yr. change in union membership: 8.7 percent (8th highest)
Total employment, 2013: 2,880,935 (14th highest)

Washington's total employment rose by nearly 104,000 workers, or 3.6 percent, between 2012 and 2013, one of the highest increases in the country. Washington is one of the most unionized states in the private sector, with 11.7 percent of all employees union members. Nearly one-quarter of the state's private construction workers were union members in 2013, among the highest in the country. Similarly, 24.2 percent of all manufacturing workers held union membership, the most in the nation.

There were 52,000 fewer public sector employees in 2013 than in 2012, as the state continued to follow through on the budget cuts it initiated during the recession. Despite this, union membership in the public sector held steady, at more than 261,000 workers, or 57 percent of all public employees.