Stories tagged: Employment
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 …
SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2013
In their corner: Attorneys help veterans resolve employment disputes
Spokane attorney and National Guard reservist Matt Crotty never meant to mimic his father. “Oh God, as a teenager he was the last thing I wanted to follow,” Crotty said, …
SATURDAY, OCT. 26, 2013
Oregon jobs landscape shifting
PORTLAND – New research shows the number of middle-class jobs in Oregon is shrinking rapidly, while high-wage jobs and low-wage jobs are growing – and at a faster pace than …
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013
State gains 9,800 jobs in June
OLYMPIA – Washington state had an estimated net gain of 9,800 jobs from May to June, while the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.8 percent, officials with the Employment …
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013
Inslee order aims to spur hiring of people with disabilities
Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed an executive order to help promote hiring of people with disabilities within state government and the private sector, according to a release. Currently, only 36 …
FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013, 8:12 A.M.
Dow Jones crosses 15,000 for first time
NEW YORK — A big gain in the job market is lifting the stock market to a record high. The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 15,000 for the first time, …
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013, 2:27 P.M.
Spokane County unemployment rate falls, as do job rolls
Spokane County lost 1,100 jobs in March, led by 500 jobs eliminated at state-funded universities and colleges in the county, Washington state’s Employment Security Department reported Tuesday. Despite the hits, …
SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2013
Younger vets struggle as job outlook improves
WASHINGTON — Two months after completing his five-plus years as an Army medic, Dan Huber is still looking for a job. And while he’s had some promising interviews, he has …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21, 2012
Spokane County unemployment rate lowest since 2008
Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in October, the lowest since December 2008. A year ago, Spokane’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent. It was 8 percent in September.
TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012, 1:22 P.M.
Spokane County unemployment rate falls to 7.6 percent
Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in October, the lowest since December 2008. A year ago, Spokane’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent.
FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012
Coeur d’Alene program coaches workers with disabilities
When Christopher Griffin fills out job applications, he knows his work history stands out for the wrong reason. He hasn’t held a job since 2005, well before the recession. The …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012, 9:12 A.M.
State employees’ pay cuts likely restored
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State workers who saw a smaller paycheck over the past two years because of the state’s budget woes are likely to see pay cuts restored under …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012
Vestal: Unemployment’s toll conveyed in poignant video
Michelle Schlager had been through a few tough years with her husband, Shaun. He lost his job as a graphic designer in 2009 and has struggled to find work. The …
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012, 9:53 A.M.
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 …
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012, 7:51 A.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012
State’s job growth trend continues
OLYMPIA – Washington state’s unemployment rate for March remained flat at 8.3 percent, but the state added 3,300 jobs last month, marking the third consecutive month of growth, officials said …
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012, 7:45 A.M.
Jobless rate continues to decline across North Idaho
Kootenai County showed a sharp drop in the unemployment rate in February – 8.1 percent, down from 8.8 percent in January and 9.2 percent a year ago.
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012, 6:59 A.M.
Boeing employment in Washington highest since 1999
SEATTLE — Boeing’s payroll in Washington has risen to more than 82,000 workers.
SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2012
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 …
SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2012
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 …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011, 11:37 A.M.
Employment fell in Washington in May
Employment in Washington fell by 700 in May, the first decline after eight months of increases, the Employment Security Department reported today.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011
Washington jobless rate climbs
Washington’s unemployment rate climbed in March despite a gain of 1,110 jobs, the Employment Security Department said Wednesday. The March unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, a notch higher than the …
FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011, 8:50 A.M.
Unemployment falls to 9%, nearly a 2-year low
The unemployment rate is sinking at the fastest pace in half a century because a surprisingly large number of people say they’re finding work.
THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011
Spokane County employment edges up
Employment in Spokane County rebounded last year, but remains substantially below the peak reached in 2008. The same was true for all of Washington, according to figures released Wednesday by …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011, 10:21 A.M.
Washington jobless rate creeps up in December
Washington added an estimated 2,100 jobs in December, with the manufacturing and retail sectors leading hiring. Still, the estimated unemployment rate increased slightly from 9.2 percent to 9.3 percent, the …
SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 2011
Search for that next job strategically
For thousands of folks out of work in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, the topmost goal on their to-do list is landing a job. The good news is 2011 will …
FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011, 8:20 A.M.
December jobs report points to slow, steady growth
The nation’s economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months.
TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010
Idaho job data has bright spot
Employment in most North Idaho counties fell last month, with Boundary County the notable exception. The Idaho Department of Labor on Friday released a county-by-county breakdown of employment statistics, having …
FRIDAY, NOV. 5, 2010, 1:43 P.M.
Hiring spurt in October eases jobs crisis a bit
The jobs crisis eased a bit in October as companies stepped up hiring, suggesting further gains ahead. Still, hiring remains far too weak to drive down unemployment, now stuck at …
THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010, 10:26 A.M.
Unemployment rate falls in Spokane, statewide
The unemployment rate in Spokane County dropped more than half a point in June, and statewide joblessness is back down to where it stood a year ago, state officials said …