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More Washington workers could be eligible for overtime under proposed change

Changes to Washington’s overtime rules could significantly boost the number of professional workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay.

Older workers get wiser: More Americans are delaying retirement, but finding jobs later in life isn’t so easy

A growing share of baby boomers is opting to work well into what traditionally would be their retirement years, but the challenges of remaining employed or re-entering the workforce at …

Center works to fill 6,000 unfilled skilled jobs

There are nearly 6,000 unfilled STEM jobs in Idaho, but Angela Hemingway, executive director of the Idaho STEM Action Center, and her staff are working to reduce that number – …

UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Trade war hangs over U.S. job market set for more gains in June

President Donald Trump’s global trade war is posing a growing risk to the kind of robust job gains that the U.S. probably enjoyed again in June.

Regional ‘job hub’ could supply workforce for massive warehouse planned west of Spokane

The Spokane area’s labor market could meet the demand for employees at a massive warehouse planned near the airport. The area is a “job hub,” attracting workers from parts of …

UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 8:57 a.m.

Survey: U.S. businesses add a healthy 241,000 jobs in March

U.S. companies hired 241,000 new workers in March, a solid total that suggests the already-low unemployment rate may be headed lower in the coming months.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Washington House votes to ‘Ban the Box’

Washington employers wouldn’t be able to have a prospective workers fill out an application that asks if they’ve been arrested under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:41 a.m.

Spokane City Council may ban businesses from asking for job seekers’ criminal backgrounds on applications

Three years after eliminating the question about criminal history from applications for jobs at City Hall, lawmakers are proposing a measure that would extend to all employers within city limits. …

Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring

Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization this week, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring.

Amazon to bring another 1,000 jobs to Oregon

Amazon has announced plans for a third Oregon fulfillment center.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Postings of U.S. job openings hit record high in July

Openings edged up 0.9 percent from June to 6.2 million, the highest on records dating to 2000, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

The Gig Economy is big and here to stay: How workers survive and thrive

Experts differ on exactly how large the Gig Economy is, but there is consensus that the Gig Economy is growing faster than traditional employment. And it is here to stay.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

Trump says ‘we’ll see’ what happens to his top strategist

President Donald Trump won’t say whether he plans to keep Steve Bannon, a top adviser and key campaign strategist, in the White House.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

U.S. job growth surges in July

The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July, according to government data released Friday, surpassing economists’ expectations and suggesting the economy continues to thrive after an extended streak of job …

Schulz: WSU needs to save money, will tighten financial belt

Washington State University will introduce a new hiring process that will include a careful examination by executive personnel of all hiring requests and justification of the need to fill positions, …

Survey: US companies added a solid 178,000 jobs in July

U.S. businesses added a solid 178,000 jobs in July, a survey found, evidence that employers remain confident enough about future demand to keep hiring.

Robert J. Samuelson: Job threat of robots overblown

Trying to save jobs by protecting old jobs from new technologies and other productivity-enhancing changes is self-defeating.

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

U.S. job openings slipped in May, but hiring increased

U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in May. But hiring picked up and more people are quitting their jobs – both positive signs for the economy.

Job growth rebounds to 222,000 in June; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.4 percent

The labor market rebounded strongly in June as U.S. employers added 222,000 net new jobs for the best performance since February, the Labor Department said Friday.

Businesses more willing to hire felons, the disabled and poorly skilled. Will the trend last?

As the nation enters its ninth year of economic expansion next month, the low unemployment and tightening labor market have begun to open doors for people who not long ago …

UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:02 a.m.

New study of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs

A new study of Seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law says it costs jobs, contrary to another new study released last week.

28,000 exotic dancers to share $6.5 million wage settlement

A federal judge has approved a $6.5 million settlement in a wage dispute involving 28,000 current or former exotic dancers at a chain of clubs operating in 18 states.

Google’s search engine aims to become employment engine

Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine.

Experts: Uphill fight against age-related job discrimination

Age-related discrimination in the workplace still exists 50 years after the enactment of legislation designed to prevent it, aging experts and advocates have told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Why are so many women dropping out of the workforce?

For half a century after World War II, women barreled into the job market in numbers that surged higher every year. They drove most of the rise in real household …

UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Texas companies tie worker shortages to immigration fears

One-third of the approximately 20 employees Oscar Martinez uses to build new homes and commercial spaces have recently fled the state, spooked by a combination of a federal immigration crackdown …

UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 7 p.m.

Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped one percentage point, to 5.2 percent, in April. That’s also one point below the April 2016 unemployment rate, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday.

Idaho labor force tightens as jobless rate scrapes bottom

Significant drops in the number of unemployed Idahoans and people looking for work pushed the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 3.4 percent in April, narrowing an already tight …

Job openings increase slightly in March

Steady job growth has left U.S. employers with an increasingly shallow pool of unemployed workers to consider hiring, something that could lead to faster wage gains.

UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 11:22 p.m.

Washington State Patrol agrees to pay veteran employees $13 million in back wages

The agreement settles a class action lawsuit in which patrol employees alleged they were not given credit for their military service in hiring and promotion decisions as required by state …