Join us for the 2016 Olympia Economic Symposium: Washington’s Gig Economy

Experts in business and economics will share their perspectives about Washington’s workforce needs in today’s labor market at the Employment Security Department’s annual economic symposium.

Designed for researchers, economists, policymakers, education professionals, workforce development experts, employers and those who use high-level data to make informed decisions, this half-day symposium will feature a special keynote on the gig economy.

The gig economy—also known as the on-demand economy— is an environment where temporary employees or freelancers offer paid services to individuals or organizations. A recent study by Intuit predicts 43 percent of the workforce will be engaged in this type of work by 2020.

Keynote Speaker: Washington’s Gig Economy
Dr. Michael Horrigan, Ph.D., Associate Commissioner
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment and Unemployment Programs

State of the state’s labor market

  • Western Washington:
    Scott Bailey, Regional Labor Market Economist
    Labor Market and Performance Analysis
  • Eastern Washington:
    Doug Tweedy, Regional Labor Market Economist
    Labor Market and Performance Analysis

New and improved labor market information website
Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Regional Labor Market Economist
Labor Market and Performance Analysis

Agenda and other details in the symposium brochure.

When: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The event is free. Seating is limited so register by Oct. 26, 2016 to reserve your seat!

Where:  Department of Labor and Industries Central Office Building, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater, Washington 98501. Our brochure has directions, map and parking information.

To register:    Ann Leal, registration coordinator,; 360-407-4541.


ESD has new labor market web information and tools, including a video tutorial to showcase popular information and data.

Contact a regional economist:

County profiles: