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  • Idaho jobless rate drops for 9th straight month

    Idaho employers maintained hiring at seasonal levels in April, while the state’s labor force remained unchanged, driving the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down for the ninth straight month to 7.7 …


  • Wash. unemployment rate falls despite job losses

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s unemployment rate fell in April to 8.1 percent, despite a loss of 300 jobs last month, officials said Wednesday.


  • Builder confidence at highest level in 5 years

    Confidence among U.S. builders rose to the highest level in five years in May, a hopeful sign that modest improvement in the housing market will pick up.


  • Hiring slows sharply with just 115,000 jobs added

    U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in April for the second straight month, evidence of an economy still growing only sluggishly. The unemployment rate dipped, but only because more people …


  • Fed: No change of plans for economy

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve says the economy is growing moderately while cautioning that risks from Europe remain. It’s holding off on taking any further steps to boost the recovery.


  • Spokane unemployment rate stays near 10%

    Spokane County registered a 9.9 percent unemployment rate for March, exactly the same as February, the Washington Employment Security Department reported today.


  • Economic outlook brightens

    WASHINGTON – Americans bought more electronics, started home improvement projects and updated their wardrobes last month, inspired by warmer weather and a healthier job market. Retail sales rose 0.8 percent …


  • Layoff a shock after lifetime of work

    Linda Hall, of Spokane, has worked hard all her life but hasn’t earned any respect from the labor market. Laid off for the first time at age 62, Hall has …


  • Jobless claims fall to lowest level in 4 years

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in four years, adding to evidence that the job market is strengthening.


  • Home prices fell in January in most US cities

    WASHINGTON — Home prices fell in January for a fifth straight month in most major U.S. cities, as modest sales increases have yet to boost prices.


  • US new-home sales fell in February

    WASHINGTON — Sales of U.S. new homes fell in February for the second straight month, a reminder that the depressed housing market remains weak despite some improvement.


  • Legislature braces for remaining budget work

    OLYMPIA – For all the criticism heaped on the Washington Legislature for what it didn’t do – fix a yawning gap of more than $1 billion in the state’s main …


  • Both sides guilty of budget-balancing gimmickry

    Amid all the talk of gimmicks wafting out of Olympia these days, it’s important to remember that everybody hates them. Everybody loves sound budgeting, everybody hates a gimmick, and everybody …


  • Dow falls more than 200, interrupting 2012 rally

    Stocks suffered their biggest losses in three months today, the first hiccup in a strong and steady rally to start the year. Wall Street worried about the global economy and …


  • Washington’s jobless rate fell in January

    Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in January as 13,200 jobs were created.


  • Dow closes above 13,000, first time since crisis

    The Dow Jones industrial average today reclaimed the last of the ground it held before the carnage of the Great Recession — bailouts, bank failures, layoffs by the million and …


  • Mothers, children hurt the most from painful budget cuts

    Remember the “mancession”? That dumb name for the fact that unemployment among men was extra high? Well, a few years later, it turns out to be a misnomer. Unemployment among …


  • New-home sales dip after 4 straight monthly gains

    WASHINGTON — Sales of new homes dipped in January but the final quarter of 2011 was stronger than first estimated.


  • Dow’s close best since May 2008

    NEW YORK – A drop in the unemployment rate to its lowest level in three years propelled the Dow Jones industrial average Friday to its highest close since May 2008, …


  • Market closes at highest level since 2008

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average has closed at its highest level since before the 2008 financial crisis.


  • Winning streak comes to an end

    NEW YORK – The stock market closed mostly lower Friday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to its first losing week of 2012, after the government reported that economic growth …


  • ‘Occupy’ activists protest World Economic Forum

    DAVOS, Switzerland — Activists linked to the global ’Occupy’ movement used giant red weather balloons to stage a flying protest over the venue of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, …


  • Obama to take on economy in State of the Union

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is ready to reclaim the spotlight with a plea for economic fairness in a State of Union address that opposition Republicans panned in advance as …


  • State higher education spending sees big decline

    MIAMI — State funding for higher education has declined because of a slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money, according to a study released Monday.


  • Unemployment rate drops in both Washington, Idaho

    Kootenai County’s unemployment rate dropped half a percentage point in December to 9.8 percent – breaking a string of 19 months in which the jobless rate was stuck in double …


  • Washington, Idaho jobless rates fall again

    Conflicting data continues to cloud Washington’s economic outlook and jobless rates. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said today that unemployment dropped to 8.5 percent in December from 8.7 percent …


  • Oregon eatery recruits customer investors

    A struggling Oregon restaurant owner has a deal for customers: If they chip in toward his overhead, he’ll pay them back in half price food.


  • Half the pay, none of the work? Who wouldn’t?

    You know the problem, surely, with unemployment insurance. It’s so cushy, no one ever wants to go back to work. So trying to help people stay out of the poorhouse …


  • Robideaux: To thrive in this economy, you have to evolve

    In the new economy, professions won’t run in families as easily as they once did. Generations of doctors, lawyers and small-business owners might soon seem an old-economy relic. Andy Robideaux, …


  • Consumer confidence index surges in December

    Americans are gaining faith that the economy is on the upswing. The monthly Consumer Confidence Index surged to the highest level since April and is approaching a post-recession peak.


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