This economy is tough. Unemployment in Washington state is nearly 9 percent so available jobs are in high demand. Job seekers need to do everything possible to stand out from the crowd. Mike Erstad, the owner of National Drycleaners on Crown Hill, has started a program to help applicants look their best. National will clean and press an interview outfit for free, no strings attached.
“I thought this might help, maybe in a small way, but still help,” Mike said, explaining that many of his customers are feeling the pinch. “Lots of little positives will eventually add up.” He said he started the program in May “and will keep doing it until the unemployment numbers start to improve.”