Stories tagged: Employment
UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
Know Spokane: Number of young people coming to the city hasn’t changed, but fewer are leaving
Some say that young people are moving back to the city, but is that actually true? The short answer: probably not. What does appear to be changing is that fewer …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
U.S. adds 98,000 jobs in March; jobless rate dips to 4.5 percent
The momentum in the U.S. labor market flagged in March, new government data showed Friday, with the private sector and the government adding only 98,000 jobs as winter storms weighed …
Thu., April 6, 2017, 8:49 a.m.
U.S. jobless aid applications fell to 234,000 last week
Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of the job market appears to be increasingly secure for workers.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Survey: U.S. companies add 263,000 jobs in March, most in 2 years
U.S. private businesses added the most jobs in more than two years last month, a private survey found, a third straight month of robust gains.
Thu., March 23, 2017, 7:58 a.m.
Applications for jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000
More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 8:52 a.m.
Seattle workers are second-best-paid techies in U.S.
Seattle techies are the second-best-paid in the country, according to a report from San Francisco career site Hired. The average software engineer in Seattle makes $126,000 a year, falling just …
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
New bill: Workers can’t be barred from smoking pot off-hours
Employers in Oregon would be prohibited from banning marijuana use by employees during their days off under a bill introduced in the Oregon Senate.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 5:06 p.m.
Solar industry clamors for workers as jobs climb by 25 percent
U.S. solar-industry employment in 2016 grew at the fastest pace in at least seven years, with growth in all sectors including manufacturing, sales and installations, as demand for clean power …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 9:34 a.m.
Job openings remain at mostly healthy level in December
The number of open jobs was mostly unchanged in December from the previous month, leaving openings at a healthy level.
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
Spokane region sees strong growth in jobs, labor force
The labor force grew by 8,870 last year in the Spokane area as more workers were drawn by strong job growth in a mix of industries.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 12:06 p.m.
Washington jobless rate hits low of 5.2 percent in December
The unemployment rate in Washington hit a new low of 5.2 percent in December as employers added 6,700 new jobs, the state said Thursday.
Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
$8.2 million settlement approved in SeaTac minimum wage case
A federal judge has approved an $8.2 million court settlement to resolve the claims of thousands of workers who said they were paid less than $15 per hour after the …
Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, 10:20 a.m.
U.S. adds 156,000 jobs; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.7 percent
U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, capping a year of slower but solid hiring and providing the last major snapshot of the economy President-elect Donald Trump will inherit from …
Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Older Americans are retiring in droves
More baby boomers are beginning the new year with nothing on their schedule but plans to golf, travel, and spend more time with the grandkids. The number of Americans aged …
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 10:55 a.m.
Jobless claims fall to eight-week low amid holidays
Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits declined to the lowest level in eight weeks, showing volatility typical around the holiday period.
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 5:45 a.m.
Don Harding: Unemployed older workers face discrimination, long odds
I feel like a gray piñata. Having been laid off in August from my longtime software development position, I’m finding a less-than-brave new world out there as I seek re-employment …
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 7:17 a.m.
What the strong Obama jobs recovery shows
On Friday, the Labor Department will release the final monthly employment report of what has been an historic eight-year run of jobs growth during the Barack Obama administration, This period …
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 10 a.m.
Washington minimum wage to increase to $11 on New Year’s Day
Washington state’s minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour on Sunday, the first of a multistep increase approved by voters last month.
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 4:11 p.m.
More Boeing job cuts ahead in the new year
After a year in which Boeing relentlessly slashed costs and cut its employment in Washington state by more than 8 percent, there’s more of the same to come in the …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 6:57 a.m.
U.S. economy adds 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent
The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent the previous month, according to new government data released Friday morning.
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 7:06 a.m.
Survey: US businesses add 216,000 jobs, most in 5 months
U.S. companies added a solid 216,000 jobs in November, the most since June and evidence that the incoming Trump administration is inheriting a solid economy.
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016, 9:19 a.m.
Airbus plans 1,100 job cuts as it consolidates
Airbus wants to cut more than 1,100 jobs across Europe as it consolidates its activities and seeks to better compete with U.S. rival Boeing and others amid growing global demand …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2016, 11:55 a.m.
‘Drain the swamp’? Federal workers worried about Trump plan
Melissa Baumann lives some 850 miles from the nation’s capital, but when she hears President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters say they will “drain the swamp,” she worries she will …
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 9:26 a.m.
Idaho unemployment rate holds steady at 3.8 percent
State officials say Idaho’s unemployment rate has remained at 3.8 percent for the past four months.
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 8:17 a.m.
Volkswagen to shed 30,000 jobs, cutting costs after scandal
Volkswagen announced plans Friday to cut 30,000 jobs in a wide-ranging restructuring of its namesake brand as it tries to recover from a scandal over cars rigged to cheat on …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 12:23 p.m.
Oregon job growth cooling off, report shows
Oregon’s job growth has cooled off, and with that, the growth in personal income taxes that the state collects has also slowed.
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 11:56 a.m.
Forest Service to hire 1,000 seasonal workers in Northwest
The U.S. Forest Service says it will hire 1,000 temporary workers in the Pacific Northwest for spring and summer jobs.
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 9:09 a.m.
U.S. job openings increase slightly in September
U.S. employers posted slightly more job openings in September, a likely sign that the steady job gains of recent months could continue.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 3:17 p.m.
Friday’s jobs data will be key economic news in election homestretch
The government’s October jobs report is poised to offer the last big data point on a steady if unimpressive U.S. economy, four days before Americans flock to the polls.
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
U.S. construction spending slumped in September
U.S. builders cut their spending on construction projects in September, the second straight monthly decline. Much of the decrease came as government spending for schools, sewers and transportation projects tumbled …