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  • Jobs remain key factor in 2011 housing outlook

    The big wild card in the 2011 housing forecast remains employment. Will the predicted improvement in jobs and household formation balance the negative perceptions brought by rising foreclosure rates and …


  • Unemployment benefit applications drop sharply

    The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest point in nearly two and a half years, a sign that the job market is slowly improving.


  • Graduate’s job marries her two majors

    In May, 22-year-old Danika Heatherly earned her journalism and marketing degrees from Whitworth University. Like other journalism graduates, her inbox was not crowded with job offers. In a Spokesman-Review article …


  • Jobless rate up in county; steady in state

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in November despite an increase in jobs. New jobs in health care and hospitality were augmented by earlier than usual winter recreation …


  • Spokane job numbers up, but so is unemployment

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased to 8.4 percent in November despite an increase in jobs.


  • Jobless rate rises to 9.8 percent as job growth slows

    The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent in November, a seven-month high, as hiring slowed.


  • Holidays time for survival as jobless benefits run out

    Shawn Slonsky’s children know by now not to give him Christmas lists filled with the latest gizmos. The 44-year-old union electrician is one of nearly 2 million Americans whose extended …


  • 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 …


  • Jobless rate eases in Spokane County

    The unemployment rate in Spokane County slipped to 7.8 percent in October, the lowest rate in almost two years. The number of employed rose to 220,210, up from 216,960 in …


  • Local recovery slow going

    The economic recovery will grind slowly forward next year, extending this year’s modest improvements but not breaking out strongly enough to significantly affect unemployment and household income, economists John Mitchell …


  • 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 …


  • Shrinking rate of joblessness tied to schools

    The unemployment rate in Spokane County fell to 8.2 percent in September as educators headed back to classrooms. Doug Tweedy, regional labor economist for the Washington Employment Security Department, said …


  • Editorial: Safety, jobs referendum a bad path to good end

    From its inception, Referendum 52 has suffered from severe identity crisis. The Legislature called it the “Jobs Bill” and claimed it would put people to work “in every corner of …


  • Economy loses 95,000 jobs due to government layoffs

    A wave of government layoffs in September outpaced weak hiring in the private sector, pushing down the nation’s payrolls by a net total of 95,000 jobs.


  • Schweitzer Engineering expanding in Pullman, Lewiston

    MOSCOW – Steady growth expected at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories is leading it to start manufacturing in Lewiston and add about 10 percent to its Pullman work force within a year. …


  • Nationwide and close to home, poverty tightens its grip

    U.S. Census Bureau data reflect what everyone knows: The recession that persisted in 2009 bit into pay and benefits, and cut jobs. Poverty rates rose and food stamps were issued …


  • Initial claims for unemployment aid rise to 465K

    The tally of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits rose last week after four weeks of flat or declining figures.


  • Spokane work force adds 3,300 in August

    New employment numbers show encouraging signs in Spokane County. Total employment in the county jumped by 3,300 people from July to August. In addition, there were 450 more people employed …


  • Spokane adds thousands of jobs

    Employment in Spokane County jumped by more than 3,300 in August, dropping the unemployment rate to 8.6 percent from 8.8 pecent in July, and August 2009.


  • How adults handle economic hardship can indelibly mark children

    Emily Rawls, 24, started at the University of Idaho in 2004, and her major and minor – interior design and architecture – matched a marketplace need. Housing was boom town.


  • Companies add 67K workers, but jobless rate rises

    Private employers hired more workers over the past three month than first thought, lifting hopes for the weak economy. But the unemployment rate rose in August for the first time …


  • Vestal: Entry-level jobs highly desired

    At his new job, 47-year-old Scott J. Smith does all the rookie stuff: janitor work, mowing grass, unclogging pipes and drains. “It’s definitely a hands-dirty type of job,” said Smith. …


  • Spokane adds jobs in private sector

    Spokane County’s July unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.6 percent, the Employment Security Department said Tuesday. That’s also the exact rate from 12 months ago, said Washington regional labor economist …


  • Private hiring picks up, but little change overall

    Washington’s private sector picked up 3,100 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month, to 8.9 percent, state officials said this morning.


  • Obama to campaign for Murray Tuesday in Seattle

    President Barack Obama plans to stop in Seattle on Tuesday to campaign for Sen. Patty Murray.


  • Rossi still disputes job-saving measure

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi, in Vancouver to speak to the local Tea Party organization, said he still opposes a $26 billion bill pushed toward passage by his Democratic …


  • Washington state avoids special session

    OLYMPIA – With Congress poised to approve $26 billion for Medicaid and school funding, Washington state will dodge the need for a special legislative session or immediate across-the-board spending cuts, …


  • 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 …


  • Jobs report shows economic rebound may be stalling

    A weak June jobs report offered the latest evidence that the economic recovery is slowing. Employers cut 125,000 jobs last month, the most since October, the Labor Department said Friday.


  • Business update: Data suggest recovery is fizzling

    Fears that the economic recovery is fizzling grew Thursday after the government and private sector issued weak reports on a number of fronts. Unemployment claims are up, home sales are …

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