Despite Washington's labor shortage, thousands on long-term unemployment can't find a job
Fitness trainer Priscilla Bell leads a group exercising outdoors at the Delridge Community Center on Monday, June 21, 2021. - Steve Ringman/TNS

Like hundreds of thousands of other Washingtonians, Priscilla Bell, a personal trainer in Seattle, lost her job during the first chaotic weeks of the pandemic last year. But unlike many of those laid off due to COVID-19, Bell hasn't been able to find work since, despite an intensive job search that started when gyms partially reopened for the first time last August. Instead, the 58-year-old is among nearly a quarter-million Washingtonians who've experienced long-term unemployment during the pandemic — and who often don't know how, or if, they'll be able to get back to work. "My faith in the jo...