Stories tagged: jobs
Tue., April 18, 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Oregon jobless rate drops below 4 percent
Oregon’s unemployment rate has plunged to less than 4 percent.
UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
Know Spokane: Number of young people coming to the city hasn’t changed, but fewer are leaving
Some say that young people are moving back to the city, but is that actually true? The short answer: probably not. What does appear to be changing is that fewer …
Tue., April 11, 2017, 8:48 a.m.
U.S. employers posted more jobs in February and quitting fell
U.S. employers posted more open positions in February, but the number of people getting hired and the number quitting jobs fell. The overall figures suggest that the job market remains …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:15 p.m.
Plenty of beauty in jobs data beneath ugly headline number
For the March U.S. employment report, with its ugly headline payrolls number, it’s what’s inside that counts.
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
U.S. adds 98,000 jobs in March; jobless rate dips to 4.5 percent
The momentum in the U.S. labor market flagged in March, new government data showed Friday, with the private sector and the government adding only 98,000 jobs as winter storms weighed …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 8:33 a.m.
U.S. services firms grew at slower pace in March
U.S. services companies saw their growth rate taper off in March, as hiring and business activity remained positive but dipped relative to February.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Survey: U.S. companies add 263,000 jobs in March, most in 2 years
U.S. private businesses added the most jobs in more than two years last month, a private survey found, a third straight month of robust gains.
UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
Trump says he’ll only fund shovel-ready infrastructure jobs
With legislation overhauling taxes and health care on an uncertain path, President Donald Trump returned to the familiar. Trump brought 52 business leaders from New York City to the White …
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 8:34 p.m.
Analysis: Trump just kicked off NAFTA renegotiation. History tells us how that will go.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump hated NAFTA. Hated it. “NAFTA has been a disaster for our country,” he said. “NAFTA has to be totally gotten rid of. Something has …
Thu., March 30, 2017, 9:58 a.m.
Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting
Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of …
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:37 p.m.
Applications for unemployment aid fell to 258,000 last week
Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the U.S. job market remains healthy.
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 8:34 p.m.
Spokane County’s unemployment at 6.8 percent in February
Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in February, a good number for a month that typically has a high jobless rate.
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:42 p.m.
Bills aim to aid job seekers with criminal history
OLYMPIA – Tarra Simmons says she knows all too well what it’s like to have to check a box on a job application that reveals her criminal history to an …
Fri., March 24, 2017, 8:13 p.m.
Robots could take over 38 percent of US jobs within about 15 years, report says
More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to …
Fri., March 24, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
Idaho’s February unemployment remains unchanged at 3.6 percent
Idaho’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent in February. Both the number of job seekers and the number of positions available grew.
Fri., March 24, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Montana’s unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent in February
Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.8 percent in February, compared to the national rate of 4.7 percent.
Fri., March 24, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Trump touts jobs commitment, but deal was made in 2015
President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers, but the hiring initiative dates back to 2015 as part …
Fri., March 24, 2017, 8:59 a.m.
Hiring rose in 11 states last month; Idaho gains strong
Hiring picked up in 11 states last month compared with January and was mostly unchanged in the other 39, as stronger U.S. job gains benefited most of the country. Still, …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 7:58 a.m.
Applications for jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000
More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.
Wed., March 22, 2017, 11:05 a.m.
Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent
Washington state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in nine years, dropping to 4.9 percent last month.
Tue., March 21, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Oregon jobless rate tumbles to new record low
State economists say the rate of unemployed Oregonians fell again in February to 4 percent, marking the lowest such figure the state has seen in at least the past four …
Thu., March 16, 2017, 5 a.m.
Idaho, contractors offer free training in operating heavy equipment
Not enough people are stepping up to the excavator, dozer or backhoe, and that’s a big problem when the economy is fueling a need for heavy equipment operators. To boost …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 4:56 p.m.
Idaho boasts top job growth rate in 2016
Idaho saw 4 percent job growth last year, giving it the fastest rate in the nation, the Idaho Department of Labor said Monday.
Mon., March 13, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Trump’s budget chief says Obama fudged jobs data – a claim officials, experts refute
WASHINGTON – Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s budget director, accused the Obama administration on Sunday of doctoring federal data to minimize the number of Americans out of work.
Fri., March 10, 2017, 12:57 p.m.
Trump embraces jobs numbers he once scorned
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is embracing numbers he once maligned as “phony” as he tries to take credit for the latest jobs report. The new administration on Friday promoted …
Wed., March 8, 2017, 11:22 a.m.
Washington state unemployment rate holds steady in January
Washington state’s unemployment rate held at 5.1 percent in January, even with the estimated loss of 7,200 jobs over the month.
Wed., March 8, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Survey: Private employers added robust 298K jobs last month
U.S. businesses added the most jobs in three years last month, a private survey found, a sign that hiring may be accelerating from last year’s modest levels.
Wed., March 8, 2017, 8:03 a.m.
Glassdoor’s top 25 jobs for pay lean toward tech
Being a “scrum master” may sound like something a rugby player does, or a job that does not sound all that inviting to many. But for people who know how …
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 9:02 p.m.
Silverwood Theme Park raises wage to keep pace with competitive labor market
Silverwood Theme Park will raise its wages this year as a result of a competitive labor market and higher minimum wage in Washington. The amusement park north of Coeur d’Alene …
Sun., March 5, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Doug Clark: The robots are coming for our jobs, even us newspeople
Columnist Doug Clark imagines what a robotic version of himself might be like.