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UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

American workers’ willingness to quit hits 17-year high

The proportion of American workers that quit their jobs in May reached the highest level in 17 years, a sign that more people are confident they can find a new …


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.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 12:01 p.m.

Average wage in Spokane County rose nearly 4 percent in 2017

The average annual wage in Spokane County rose to $46,562 last year, influenced by local medical schools and an influx of highly paid workers.


Renewable energy field’s flourishing brings new careers

More students than ever are enrolling at the Northwest Renewable Energy Institute, a program offered by the International Air and Hospitality Academy. A career as a wind turbine technician, with …


Will the same budtender be there next time? New cannabis jobs report says maybe not

Those involved in the retail side of Washington and Colorado cannabis sales don’t tend to stick around very long, according to the latest data from the Seattle-based cannabis software/data company …


Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust U.S. economy

The numbers that collectively sketch a picture of a vibrant economy don’t reflect reality for a range of Americans who still feel far from financially secure even nine years into …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

More job openings exist in the U.S. than unemployed workers to fill them

The labor market has hit a tipping point that should help boost wages: There are more job openings in the U.S. than unemployed workers to fill them.


Most common job in Seattle isn’t in retail anymore, and 4 out of 5 of these workers are men

Software developer is now the most common occupation in the Seattle area. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 60,000 employed in that field …


Trump’s China tariffs risk costing U.S. jobs, new study shows

The tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports that Trump has proposed, plus promised retaliatory duties by China, would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by $2.9 billion and cost almost …


Trump’s tariffs risk jobs and profits in working-class areas

President Donald Trump’s escalating dispute with China over trade and technology is threatening jobs and profits in working-class communities where his “America First” agenda hit home, including Payette, Idaho, home …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Mexicans help create, not take jobs away from Texans, SMU study says

Far from taking jobs away from Texans, Mexicans are helping create additional employment opportunities, providing valuable labor for a growing economy and helping the deepening integration with Mexico, according to …


Idaho unemployment rate drops to 2.9 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate in March dropped a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month to 2.9 percent.


Meet 5 Magic Valley residents who practice rare trades

Times have changed. So who still practices the dying arts in our modern world?


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., March 28, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Russian spies in Seattle: Black ops, Soviet subs and counter intel in the Pacific Northwest

Wanted — FBI recruits for a career in surveillance. Must be comfortable tailing subjects by foot, vehicle or on public transportation, use electronic equipment, and work nights and weekends as …


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs, a black hole for toy makers

The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords.


Tariffs lift hopes for jobs in American mill towns

In the heart of America’s diminished steel country, support for President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imports is broad and bipartisan. It is tempered, though, by a strong streak of realism.


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 5:28 p.m.

U.S. hiring surge last month pulls in flood of new workers

U.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs amid rising business confidence lifted by the Trump administration’s tax cuts and a resilient global economy.


Survey: U.S. businesses hire 235,000 new workers in February

U.S. companies added a healthy 235,000 jobs last month, led by solid gains in construction, hotels and restaurants, and education and health care, according to a private survey.


Number of employees leaving jobs increases at fastest pace in 17 years, signaling higher pay

U.S. companies posted the fewest open jobs in seven months in December, yet the number of Americans quitting their jobs rose to a 17-year high, a mixed reading on the …


Survey: U.S. companies added healthy 234,000 jobs in January

U.S. businesses continued to hire at a healthy pace in January, a sign the economy is off to a solid start for the year.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 10:39 p.m.

The work that won’t get done during a government shutdown

Thousands of intelligence agency employees would be furloughed even as tension over North Korea’s nuclear program remains high. Important biomedical and public health research would be interrupted and possibly damaged. …


Washington adds 6,100 jobs in December; jobless rate at 4.5 percent

Washington’s economy added 6,100 jobs in December and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate came in at 4.5 percent, according to the Employment Security Department.


US employers posted fewer jobs in November for 2nd month

Employers posted fewer open jobs in November, the second straight month of decline after openings reached a record high in September.


Survey: U.S. businesses add a strong 250,000 jobs in December

U.S. companies closed out 2017 with strong hiring in December, adding the most jobs in nine months.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 4:07 p.m.

U.S. employers add 228K jobs; unemployment rate stays 4.1 pct.

U.S. employers added a robust 228,000 jobs in November, a sign of the job market’s enduring strength in its ninth year of economic recovery.


66 Symantec employees to lose jobs in Oregon

Dozens of Symantec employees in Oregon have learned they will be laid off next month as the cyber-security firm begins a sharp reduction of its local workforce.


Camas paper mill to partially close, cut up to 300 jobs

The paper mill in the southwest Washington city of Camas is cutting up to 300 jobs.


The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 per year

The largest two categories of America’s fastest-growing jobs offer some of the country’s lowest wages and weakest benefits.


U.S. job openings flat in September as hurricanes slow hiring

U.S. employers posted roughly the same number of open jobs in September as the previous month, partly because hurricanes held back hiring at restaurants and hotels.