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Welfare-to-Work | Wages and Labor Market Trends

Career Exploration

To find a career that's right for you, it's helpful to slow down, give it some thought, and take the time to get it right. Career exploration is not the same as job searching. Job searching is a short-term pursuit of a position that matches your financial and career goals. Career exploration is a careful process of choosing education, training, and jobs that fit your interests and skills.

The Career OneStop websites can walk you through the process. Then find additional information about training opportunities and the local labor market at Employment & economic info and Career Bridge. Or, if you prefer, ask to meet one-one-one with a WorkSource Specialist to explore your career goals.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

This program provides assistance finding employment through various activities which may include one-on-one counseling, job search assistance, and/or short term training. Low income eligibility criteria apply. The program is most appropriate for those looking for long term employment rather than temporary employment.

If you want to learn more about the WIA Program, go to the WorkSource office front desk and ask for an appointment to meet with a WorkSource Specialist who can help you determined if WIA is an appropriate program for you.


Veterans can receive job search assistance through several programs at WorkSource Colville. For more information, ask to meet with our on-site Veterans Services staff.

Offender Services

WorkSource can help offenders find jobs, stay employed, and re-enter society.

Employment services are available for ex-offenders at the WorkSource center, community justice centers and various community-based organizations located in many areas in the state. Services include job seeking skill instruction, skill assessments, education and training, job development, job referral and job placement.

Visit our office and see a WorkSource Specialist or see the Offender Employment Services Web site for more information.


WorkFirst is Washington's temporary cash assistance program for low-income families. WorkFirst provides families the services and supports they need to “get a job, get a better job and have a better life!”

The Employment Security Department (ESD) makes the employment connection. The agency presents activities specifically designed to aid parents to make the best possible job connection and at the same time provides local employers the best pool of qualified applicants to select from.

Wages and Labor Market Trends

Picking a career that meets your income needs is important. See Wage and Occupation Information for information about occupations, wages and employment trends in Washington State.

One way to determine how much you need to earn in a new career, is to explore your current standard of living with the Self Sufficiency Calculator. This free on-line tool does the following:

  • Shows you what hourly wage you must make to support yourself or your family, based on where you live.

  • Tells you what you and/or your family should be making based on market value prices for rent, food, health care, transportation, taxes, child care and miscellaneous expenses.

  • Allows you to test different work or living options and see how this affects your bottom line.

Want to know what jobs are in demand or decline in your area? You can use the Demand/Decline List to get this information for the county in which you live. Ask to meet with a WorkSource Specialist if you need help using wage and occupation information to explore your career goals.



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