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  • Washington adds jobs, unemployment rate unchanged

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state saw continued job growth last month, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.3 percent.


  • 5 million jobs still missing since recession ended

    U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended.


  • Online service helps veterans find work

    Veterans who are looking for work are getting a new online tool to help them in their job searches, the Washington Department of Employment Security announced. Job seekers can now …


  • Spokane County jobless rate back above 9 percent

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose in May to 9.1 percent, matching what it was one year ago.


  • Washington gained 11,700 jobs in May

    OLYMPIA — Washington state saw job growth last month, but the unemployment rate still rose slightly. The unemployment rate for May increased to 8.3 percent from April’s revised rate of …


  • Stocks fall sharply after weak jobs report

    Stocks fell sharply today after the release of a dismal report on job creation in the United States. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 200 points, erasing what …


  • April jobless rate at 8.9 percent for Spokane County

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate sat at 8.9 percent in April, according to a report from the Washington State Employment Security Department.


  • 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 …


  • Wash. unemployment rate falls despite job losses

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s unemployment rate fell in April to 8.1 percent, despite a loss of 300 jobs last month, officials said Wednesday.


  • 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 …


  • Spokane unemployment rate stays near 10%

    Spokane County registered a 9.9 percent unemployment rate for March, exactly the same as February, the Washington Employment Security Department reported today.


  • Many degree holders languish in job market

    WASHINGTON – The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates …


  • 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 …


  • Dow dives again after job news

    NEW YORK — Investors had a three-day weekend to brood over disappointing job growth in March. When they got back to work Monday and delivered their verdict, it wasn’t good. …


  • Job creation slows nationally

    WASHINGTON — The job market slowed in March as companies hit the brakes on hiring amid uncertainty about the economy’s growth prospects. The unemployment rate dipped, but mostly because more …


  • Washington, Idaho trim weeks of unemployment pay

    Long-term unemployment benefits are being reduced sharply in Washington and Idaho. Later this month, most unemployed workers will be cut off after 73 weeks of long-term payments in Washington, the …


  • Layoff a shock after lifetime of work

    Linda Hall, of Spokane, has worked hard all her life but hasn’t earned any respect from the labor market. Laid off for the first time at age 62, Hall has …


  • Jobless claims fall to lowest level in 4 years

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in four years, adding to evidence that the job market is strengthening.


  • Job specialists say lots of help is available for veterans

    When Trish Leonard left the Army National Guard last fall, she expected getting a job would be easy. Her skills as an aircraft mechanic, acquired while serving in the Air …


  • Jobless benefits may change

    Unemployment benefits may be changed as Washington’s jobless rate improves. The maximum weeks of benefits will likely be reduced from 99 to 73 by the middle of April. The extended …


  • Fewer seek unemployment aid, tying a 4-year low

    WASHINGTON — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market is strengthening.


  • Area’s jobless rate up to 9.8

    Spokane’s unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in January, according to reports released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though jobless numbers are higher than in December, state economists …


  • Boeing employment in Washington highest since 1999

    SEATTLE — Boeing’s payroll in Washington has risen to more than 82,000 workers.


  • Washington jobless rate falls to 8.3 percent

    Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in January as 13,200 jobs were created. The improved jobless numbers were led by stronger hiring in professional and business services, retail trade, …


  • Washington’s jobless rate fell in January

    Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in January as 13,200 jobs were created.


  • Teens’ jobs outlook ‘tough’

    The economy is making it tough to be a kid these days, at least a kid with purchasing power. Many of the jobs traditionally filled by teenagers are now being …


  • Manufacturing driving recovery in Spokane

    Manufacturers are hiring in Spokane and selling goods across the globe, igniting hopes of an economic recovery. From airplane parts to medical devices, cookware, pharmaceuticals and mining equipment, factories across …


  • Unemployment aid applications near a 4-year low

    WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment aid neared a four-year low last week, a positive sign that strong hiring could continue in the coming months.


  • Job openings jump to near a 3-year high

    WASHINGTON — The number of available jobs in the United States jumped in December to near a three-year high, supporting other data that show a brighter outlook for hiring.


  • Inslee’s jobs plan focuses on six ‘key industry clusters’

    The likely Democratic nominee for Washington governor spent much of a campaign speech Monday unveiling his job creation plan calling for a “culture change” in Olympia. Jay Inslee, a Democratic …

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