Seattle is still struggling with a shortage of skilled workers.
But, if you’re looking for a new career, it might be worth taking a look at the city’s many vacant properties.
The number of vacant housing units in Seattle is now at a record high, with more than 1,600 units in city-owned properties.
In November, the Seattle Housing Authority reported that 1,937 units were in use as of last month.
That’s up from 696 units at the same time in 2017.
The city’s vacancy rate was 5.9 percent in October, down from 6.7 percent in November.
The city’s housing authority also recently announced it would be hiring more than 5,000 people, or more than the number of city workers that had been laid off.
Seattle is also seeing an increase in vacant properties across the city.
The City of Seattle reported a 7 percent increase in the number or properties that were vacant as of December 31.
That was the largest increase in four years.
The housing authority’s vacant property count is now up 10 percent from November, to 1,981 properties.
The Seattle Housing authority has announced plans to build an additional 100 affordable housing units over the next five years, which will also allow the agency to build a $400 million housing development.