Office Hours archive for Nov. 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011


TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

GSI topic: Spokane's role in aerospace industry

Spokane's role in building the regional aerospace industry will be discussed Wednesday morning at an event sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated. Members of the Washington Aerospace Partnership and the Spokane Aerospace Initiative for Recruitment Team also will present information from the recent Washington State Competitiveness...

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Idaho's job vacancy rate remains low

Idaho's latest job vacancy survey confirms the state’s current labor market is still tight, but there are more new jobs being created now than a year ago, the Idaho Department of Labor said today. The Idaho 2011 Job Vacancy Survey found 1.7 vacant jobs for...

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MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

Clearwater Paper completes Lewiston sawmill sale

Clearwater Paper Corp. has completed the sale of its Lewiston sawmill to Idaho Forest Group of Coeur d'Alene. The $30 million transaction included the sawmill, planer mill, dry kilns, and related assets along with log and finished goods inventories and timber under contract. As part...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Spokane County jobless rate 8.3% in October

Seasonal hiring of educators and retail workers helped push Spokane County’s unemployment rate down last month. It fell to 8.3 percent in October, down from September’s revised rate of 8.4 percent. It’s the lowest rate so far this year but remains high than in October...

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Bank profits rise

Banks netted a $35.3 billion profit during the third quarter of this year, the FDIC noted today. Better loans and fewer losses from struggling borrowers helped the commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the FDIC. The third-quarter profits were an $11.5 billion improvement over...

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Gregoire's other tax proposals

Gov. Chris Gregoire's proposed half-penny sales tax increase got plenty of attention Monday, but she also rolled out more than $340 million in additional tax plans she wants lawmakers to consider. Among them are increased business and occupation tax rates on windfall profits earned in...

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MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2011

Walmart to hire 170 for new Moscow store

Walmart plans to hire about 170 people to work at a new store opening this fall in Moscow. The retailer has opened a temporary hiring center at 672 W. Pullman Road in Moscow. The hiring center will take applications 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

The David Condon Twitter stream

You like Twitter streams, right? So we're going to run this stream over the weekend: the David Condon stream. Anyone tweeting about Mayor-Elect David will land on the stream and you'll get a chance to comment, reply, do nothing if that's your choice. Have a...

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Slight drop in Idaho joblessness

Employers across Idaho’s economy maintained payrolls at higher levels than typical for October, pushing Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another two-tenths of a point to 8.8 percent, the lowest level in nearly two years. It was the second straight month that Idaho’s jobless rate...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

Washington jobless rate falls to 9 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to 9 percent — the lowest since March 2009, according to figures released today by the state Employment Security Department. The October rate compares with a revised figure of 9.2 percent for September and 9.4 percent in October...

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