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  • Stocks jump as Bernanke says economy near recovery

    NEW YORK — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has told investors what they wanted to hear: The economy is indeed on the verge of recovery.


  • Mortgage woes hit record

    WASHINGTON – With the recession throwing thousands of people out of work daily, more than 13 percent of American homeowners with a mortgage have fallen behind on their payments or …


  • Spokane unemployment rate drops to 8.2 percent

    The unemployment rate in Spokane County dropped to 8.2 percent in July, from 8.9 percent in June. That looks like a sign of recovery, but that might be wishful thinking.


  • Banks added 10,000 branches in boom

    Banks expanded at a breathtaking pace over the past five years, adding more than 10,000 full-service branches, but barely 1 in 10 were in inner-city, minority neighborhoods, another sign the …


  • City union gives up retirement match to avoid layoffs

    The City of Spokane’s smallest union has agreed to concessions next year to avoid layoffs, making them the first to do so.


  • Fed more hopeful on economy

    The Federal Reserve delivered a vote of confidence in the economy Wednesday, saying it would slow the pace of an emergency rescue program as the recession appears to be ending.


  • Economy had snag for area fishing icon

    How bad has the economy been? Northwest fishing icon Buzz Ramsey has been out of work since January, but he leverages his fishing allowance by using “poor man’s ramps,” as …


  • N. Idaho nonprofit strives to fill gap in nutrition

    When the construction industry slumped two years ago, eliminating the sole income in Adrian and Davis Sandahl’s family, they turned to the Post Falls food bank for help. “I remember …


  • Nonprofit aims to help families afford quality meat

    When the construction industry slumped two years ago, eliminating the sole income in Adrian and Davis Sandahl’s family, they turned to the Post Falls food bank for help.


  • Economic index keeps rising

    NEW YORK – More plans to build homes, higher stock prices and fewer people filing first-time claims for jobless aid sent a private-sector forecast of U.S. economic activity higher than …


  • Retail sales drop in Spokane County, most others

    Only seven of 39 Washington counties reported gains in total retail sales for the first quarter of 2009, compared to last year.


  • Two-year colleges’ enrollment climbs

    Enrollment numbers for Inland Northwest community colleges are up as much as 22 percent this summer over a year ago, and numbers for fall are projected to jump up as …


  • High jobless claims show economy’s weak

    WASHINGTON – Even though new claims for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week, dipping below 600,000 for the first time since early January, the number of Americans seeking …


  • 467K jobs cut in June; jobless rate at 9.5 percent

    Employers cut a larger-than-expected 467,000 jobs in June, driving the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent, suggesting that the economy’s road to recovery will be bumpy.


  • Recession hit like cold shower

    SAN FRANCISCO – How bad is this recession? Even sex doesn’t sell. That’s the glum assessment of those in the adult entertainment industry, hundreds of whom gathered last week for …


  • So far, summer’s a retail bummer

    NEW YORK — As consumers get ready to celebrate July Fourth, many merchants already have dismissed summer as a washout. Macy’s flagship store has racks of summer tops, swimwear and …


  • Economic data offer some hope

    WASHINGTON – New signals the recession could be nearing a bottom emerged Wednesday in figures showing that orders to U.S. factories surged last month for everything from computers to aircraft …


  • Program offers foreclosure legal help

    A new legal assistance program aims to help homeowners facing foreclosure. The Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project is available to those who need legal advice to sort through the foreclosure …


  • Spokane airport revenues trail budget

    Spokane International Airport revenues are running more than $2 million below budget, a shortfall airlines serving Spokane will have to cover if passenger boardings do not rebound by the end …


  • Business in brief: Company lays off 39 Spokane workers

    New York-based Guardian Life Insurance has laid off 39 workers in its north Spokane office, the company announced Monday. Guardian’s operation, at Magnesium Road and Nevada Street, has about 480 …


  • Wealth drops to 2004 level

    WASHINGTON – The brute force of the recession earlier this year turned back the clock on Americans’ personal wealth to 2004 and wiped out a staggering $1.3 trillion as home …


  • Fed survey finds signs that recession is easing

    WASHINGTON – The economy’s sharp slide eased in the late spring and hopes for future business activity improved, suggesting that the worst of the recession has passed. A Federal Reserve …


  • A few bright spots emerge in tough national job market

    WASHINGTON — Signs of stabilization in the job market are emerging, according to several private surveys, as restaurants, mortgage servicers and health centers step up hiring. About a quarter of …


  • Then and now such worlds apart

    It’s been a grave new world ever since the economy went down like a slaughterhouse steer. Pay cuts. Depression. Sudden fits of uncontrollable wailing …


  • Why kindness matters

    Several months ago, Kent Hoffman, a 61-year-old Spokane psychotherapist, e-mailed The Spokesman-Review with the suggestion that the newspaper publish a front-page story every day about acts of kindness. He believed …


  • Bad economy has silver lining

    Once, I sat through an excruciating orchestral rendition of “The Nutcracker Suite.” You know the famous part that goes, “Dah-da-da-dah-dut-dah”?


  • Number of unemployed declines nationally

    WASHINGTON— The number of people on the unemployment insurance rolls fell slightly for the first time in 20 weeks, while the tally of new jobless claims also dipped, the government …


  • Foreclosures oust renters from homes

    Stefanie Tietge has been faithfully paying the rent. Her landlord can’t say the same thing about the mortgage, though, so the Spokane Valley home where Tietge, her fiancé and their …


  • Renters in foreclosed homes feel the pinch

    Stefanie Tietge has been faithfully paying the rent. Her landlord can’t say the same thing about the mortgage, though, so the Spokane Valley home where Tietge, her fiance and their …


  • Economic indicators offer hope

    WASHINGTON – Fresh signs emerged Monday that the recession is letting up. Manufacturing’s slide is slowing. Builders are boosting spending on construction projects – including homes. And consumers aren’t cutting …

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