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Seattle in the Spotlight: October 18th – October 24th, 2019

University of Washington once again named World’s Most Innovative Public University, Seattle among tech cities showing strongest wage growth in PayScale’s latest compensation index, and more in this week’s Seattle in the Spotlight.

University of Washington Once Again Named World’s Most Innovative Public University

GeekWire | James Thorne | October 24

“For the third year in a row, the University of Washington has won the title of the world’s most innovative public university, according to an annual ranking by Reuters and Clarivate Analytics. The institution also ranked No. 5 among all universities, public and private, with Stanford taking the top spot. The list considered factors including patent filings and research paper citations to determine which educational institutions did the most to “advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries.” The U.S. dominated the list overall, with 46 of the top 100 institutions.”

Most People in Seattle are from Somewhere Else. So What Does That Say about the Seattle Freeze?

Seattle Times | Gene Balk | October 24

“Nearly 300,000 of us — almost half of the city’s adult population — were born in another U.S. state. California ranks far and away as the No. 1 state, at around 55,000 people. Vermont is at the other end of the spectrum, with fewer than 200 originating from the Green Mountain State. More than 21,000 Seattle adults were born in China, ranking second after California. In total, about 134,000 Seattle adults were born outside the U.S.”

Seattle among Tech Cities Showing Strongest Wage Growth in PayScale’s Latest Compensation Index

GeekWire | Kurt Schlosser | October 22

“It pays to be in tech, and in Seattle. The city landed among the top metro areas in the U.S. when it comes to strong wage growth in the Q3 2019 PayScale Index, which tracks quarterly and annual trends in compensation and provides a national forecast for the coming quarter. Wages increased 4 percent year over year in Seattle, outpacing the national average of 2.6 percent…The PayScale Index specifically measures the quarterly change in the total cash compensation of full-time, private industry employees and education professionals nationally, with additional detail on the 32 largest metropolitan areas, 15 industries, 19 job categories and three company sizes.”



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