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Idaho unemployment remains at 2.7 percent

The Idaho Department of Labor on Friday said the state’s unemployment rate in October was the same as September and is the 14th consecutive month at or below 3 percent.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent

According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the unemployment rate dipped slightly from September’s 4.4 percent and the state also added 12,400 jobs in October.


With U.S. employers eager to fill jobs, hiring could stay strong

Against the backdrop of next week’s midterm elections, the U.S. job market is the healthiest it’s been in at least two decades. And with another strong hiring report expected Friday, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

U.S. companies hiring at robust pace; wages rise faster

U.S. companies added jobs in October at the healthiest pace in eight months, and wages rose by the most in a decade, the latest evidence of the durable strength of …


U.S. employers post record number of open jobs in August

U.S. employers posted the most jobs in two decades in August, and hiring also reached a record high, fresh evidence that companies are desperate to staff up amid solid economic …


Rich Lowry: The blue-collar recovery

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country.


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 …


The 20 worst-paying jobs for women right now

When it comes to gender pay inequality, little has improved in the past decade.


Idaho’s unemployment rate remains at 2.9 percent

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 2.9 percent.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

Tech positions top highest-paying U.S. jobs list

For the fourth consecutive year, the technology sector boasted the highest-paying jobs in the U.S., according to an annual report from Glassdoor.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Jobs boom favors Democratic counties, not Trump strongholds

The United States is on pace to add about 2.6 million jobs this year under President Donald Trump’s watch. Yet the bulk of the hiring has occurred in bastions of …


Shawn Vestal: The Amazon effect on local pay should be scrutinized

Amazon is coming to town, and a lot of people are excited.


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 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.