Decision Makers II explores Kitsap’s Tech Economy

DMII 2017: Kitsap-the next tech HOTSPOT? will share information on technology developments in Kitsap with a focus on nurturing a healthy tech economy in Kitsap County. The program which features renown technology leaders and innovators who will explore issues and progress surrounding workforce and talent development, regional connectivity and infrastructure, entrepreneurship, and how how you can keep up with tech in YOUR business! (Click here […] Read more »

Connecting companies, one Kitsap firm at a time

Ben Anderson for the KPBJ If you grew up in Kitsap County, or possibly lived here most of your life, the county tends to feel like a small community in which you know most of the companies working and thriving around you.  That is exactly how I felt until I moved back home to Bremerton in 2011 and ventured out into the Kitsap business community.  […] Read more »

WWU seeks internships for Summer 2017 – offers free workshop to employers

WWU is seeking employers to engage student interns for Summer 2017 Internships should be project-specific and ideally run for a minimum of 160 hours over an 8-week period (approximately June 20 – August 18, 2017). Students will complete these internships as part of a broader Business Professionalism and Career Preparation course offered through WWU on the Peninsulas. This course is open to all majors and […] Read more »

Snapshot of Kitsap Military &  Defense Economy 

Just released! Created by Community Attributes, Inc (CAI) in partnership with KEDA and the Washington Military Alliance  this snapshot details the economic impact of  Kitsap’s Military & Defense economy. More information at: kitsapeda.org/key-industries/defense/ Click here to download. Read more »

Washington jobless rate holds steady at 5.8 percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state added an estimated 8,700 jobs last month and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent. In numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department, officials said the May jobless rate matches April’s numbers. The national unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent. Officials said that during the one-year period ending in May, 101,700 jobs have been added […] Read more »

Employment stronger, job growth gradual in Kitsap this year

Tad Sooter, Minding Your Business, Puget Sound Blogs Kitsap County saw incremental job growth through May this year, while overall employment among county residents remained more robust. Kitsap jobs Kitsap County employers provided an estimated 88,900 jobs in May, according to preliminary numbers from the state Employment Security Department. That marked an increase of 1,300 from May 2015. Through the first five months of the year, […] Read more »

Shipyard flush with workers, but experience hard to find

By Ed Friedrich of the Kitsap Sun Some 4,000 hopefuls flood usajobs.gov with resumés whenever Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility announces “helper” opportunities. If only candidates for higher-level jobs were so plentiful. The shipyard workforce has spiked with the influx of the trainees, from 10,898 at the beginning of 2014 to 13,428 in March, a 23 percent increase. The Navy advertised for […] Read more »

Jobs in U.S. aerospace, defense sector seen up 3.2 percent in 2016

By Andrea Shalal, Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. aerospace and defense industry is poised to add 39,443 jobs in 2016, an increase of about 3.2 percent and the first job growth in the sector in five years, according to a study by Deloitte. The anticipated growth will be driven by a rebound in the U.S. military market, which lost about 185,000 jobs over the […] Read more »

County job numbers, employment improved in 2015

Tad Sooter, Minding Your Business, Puget Sound Blogs More Kitsap residents were employed and more people were working at jobs inside the county in 2015, according to preliminary year-end numbers released by the Employment Security Department.   Kitsap jobs An average of 87,600 people worked for employers within the county last year, a 3.7 percent uptick from 2014. It was also a slight increase from Kitsap’s pre-recession high […] Read more »

Economic growth likely to last years, expert says

CHRIS TUCKER,  Central Kitsap Reporter Editor  BREMERTON — Economist John Mitchell is bullish on the local, state and national economy. Mitchell said that the economy as of January 2016, was extraordinary and exciting, with unemployment at 5 percent and the inflation rate less than 1 percent. “Not bad at all,” he said. Mitchell spoke at the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance’s annual economic forecast meeting at […] Read more »