Stories tagged: Employment
TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016, 9:08 A.M.
Intel warns Oregon it’s cutting 784 workers near Portland
Intel has notified Oregon officials it plans to lay off nearly 800 workers in Washington County.
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016, 3:10 P.M.
Court strikes down Wisconsin right-to-work law
Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down Friday as violating the state constitution.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, 8:12 A.M.
Ford to build small-car factory in Mexico
Ford will build a new $1.6 billion factory in Mexico, creating about 2,800 jobs and shifting small-car production from the U.S.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, 8:05 A.M.
U.S. hiring reaches 9-year high; job openings slip
U.S. hiring jumped to a nine-year high in February, a sign of robust business demand for new workers, while the number of open positions slipped.
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2016, 4:16 P.M.
Court to California companies: Give workers a chair
The California Supreme Court made it more difficult Monday for companies to deny employees a seat while they work.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016, 11:46 A.M.
Energy downturn leaves about 4,600 employees furloughed nationwide, BNSF exec says
The chairman of BNSF Railway says about 4,600 railroad employees are furloughed nationwide due to declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 4:58 P.M.
Minimum wage hike would cost California taxpayers $3.6 billion, analyst says
Raising the minimum wage in California to the highest statewide level in the nation would eventually cost taxpayers an additional $3.6 billion a year in higher pay for government employees, …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 11:56 A.M.
Businesses add 200,000 jobs in March as labor market keeps improving
Businesses added a solid 200,000 net jobs this month, according to a closely watched private survey released Wednesday, as the U.S. labor market continued to strengthen even as overall economic …
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016, 11:01 A.M.
Higher wages to affect 11 percent of central Oregon jobs
Higher minimum wages are expected to affect about 11 percent of jobs in central Oregon.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016, 9:58 A.M.
Silverwood to hire 1,400 for season, host job fair Saturday
Silverwood Theme Park north of Coeur d’Alene will hire and train up to 1,400 seasonal workers this year. Apply at www.workatsilverwood.com. A hiring fair with interviews will be held Saturday …
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016, 9:36 A.M.
Employers add jobs in 30 states in January, cut in 20
Employers stepped up hiring in 30 states in January, led by big gains in Florida, Texas and North Carolina. Meanwhile, 20 states shed jobs.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 10:34 A.M.
Seattle now part of Obama program to train people for tech jobs
The city of Seattle is the latest member of President Obama’s TechHire program, a push to get more people working in tech jobs through college and nontraditional training programs.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016, 12:11 A.M.
Vermont becomes fifth state to require paid sick leave
Vermont has become the fifth state to require employers to provide paid sick leave to workers.
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016, 11:24 A.M.
UN: Wage gap between women and men will take 70 years to close
It will take at least seven more decades until women earn as much as men if the pay gap continues to narrow at the current pace, the International Labor Organization …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 7:27 A.M.
U.S. companies added 214,000 jobs in February, survey shows
U.S. businesses added a healthy 214,000 jobs last month, another sign that the U.S. job market remains resilient despite economic weakness overseas and tumult in financial markets.
THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016
100 years ago near Kettle Falls: Buck saves fawn
From our archives, 100 years ago Ed Roper, a farmer living on the Ferry County side of the Columbia River near Kettle Falls witnessed a thrilling wildlife adventure.
TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016, 8:18 A.M.
American consumers showing more confidence in economy
The Conference Board on Tuesday said that its consumer confidence index rose to 98.1 in January from 96.3 in December, the second straight monthly gain.
SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2016, 5 A.M.
Spokane region adds nearly 9,000 jobs in the last two years
As the Spokane economy digs out of the recession, there are several bright spots on the job front
TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2015, 10:10 P.M.
Spokane on track to add 6,000 jobs this year
The greater Spokane region is on track to add 6,000 jobs this year, the highest number since 2007-2008, according to the latest figures from the Washington Employment Security Department.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2015, 8:57 A.M.
Washington’s average wage increased by 4.2 percent
Average weekly wages in Washington rose more than $1,000 over the last year.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015
Robert J. Samuelson: ‘Full unemployment’ an unrealistic, elusive goal
Concerning economic policy, it’s back to the future. As the unemployment rate (5.5 percent in March) has dropped, there’s been a shift in language. We’re told increasingly that we should …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015
Spokane City Council makes sick leave policy a priority
Paid sick leave shot to the front of the Spokane City Council’s agenda this year, as council members vowed Tuesday to quickly pass a policy to provide workers the opportunity …
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015
Robert J. Samuelson: Job worries, hopes each have their place under robot invasion
For some time, I’ve been collecting news stories about robots and jobs. By robots, I mean almost any automated process that substitutes machines for people. Here are some examples: • …
MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2015
Programs help boomers work their way back
Baby boomer Mike Ball couldn’t find a job when he moved to Spokane even though he had many skills and a strong resume: college degree, U.S. Air Force veteran, 16 …
SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2015
Idaho reports seven-year low in jobless rate; Washington rises slightly
There was good news in employment in both Washington and Idaho this week. Idaho finished 2014 with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent in December, which represents a seven-year low, …
FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014, 9:42 A.M.
Employment restored for Spokane pot buyer
LaborReady, a temp agency that employs Spokane’s first purchaser of legal recreational marijuana, said Friday confusion about Mike Boyer’s assignment status led to a request for a drug test. He’s …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014, 2:02 P.M.
Spokane’s first pot buyer says he’s getting fired
The man who was first in line to buy legal marijuana in Spokane on Tuesday said he lost two part-time jobs because of the media attention.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
Spokane County job applications move online exclusively
Spokane County stopped accepting paper employment applications last Friday and launched a new online system for job seekers on Monday. The change is part of a yearlong effort to improve …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29, 2014
Spokane County jobless rate rose in December
Spokane County’s jobless rate rose to 7.3 percent in December from 6.8 percent the prior month. The slight rise was expected, said Doug Tweedy of the Washington State Employment Security …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1, 2014
Washington minimum wage jumps to $9.32
SEATTLE – Washington’s already highest-in-the-nation minimum wage will jump to $9.32 an hour today. The hourly increase of 13 cents, from $9.19 to $9.32 an hour, reflects a change in …