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  • US employers post more jobs, cut fewer workers

    WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in the coming months.


  • Unemployment rate holds steady in state

    Preliminary figures show that Washington gained an unexpectedly strong 24,100 payroll jobs in January, but state economists are skeptical job growth was really that strong. The jobs figure likely will …


  • Teaching applications taken earlier at Spokane Schools

    Kelsey Christensen loves her job teaching English language development at North Central High School. The trouble is, she has only a one-year contract with Spokane Public Schools and doesn’t know …


  • Younger vets struggle as job outlook improves

    WASHINGTON — Two months after completing his five-plus years as an Army medic, Dan Huber is still looking for a job. And while he’s had some promising interviews, he has …


  • Region’s lawmakers split on speech

    WASHINGTON – The Inland Northwest congressional delegation was both impressed and rankled by President Barack Obama’s fourth State of the Union address Tuesday night. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she …


  • Senate panel hears training wage bill

    OLYMPIA – Washington state has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, but a new bill being considered by lawmakers would allow some employers to pay a lower “training …


  • Vestal: Glimmers of hope or clouds of economic gloom?

    How’s our economy? Improving? Turning around? That’s the conventional wisdom – that here in Spokane and in North Idaho, we are crawling toward recovery. When the economists talk about next …


  • Tiered tuition backed in Washington; GET would go

    College students in Washington could be charged higher tuition for degrees that typically result in higher-paying jobs, starting next fall. That’s the recommendation of two legislative committees that analyzed the …


  • Unemployment rate up slightly in Spokane County

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in November, to 7.7 percent. That matches the national jobless rate and is just under the statewide rate of 7.8 percent.


  • Call centers still humming along

    For a room where hundreds may be on the phone at once, it’s surprisingly serene on the floor of the US Bank Service Center in Coeur d’Alene. Seated here in …


  • Clubs help job seekers prepare, share – and cope

    Ginger Peterson has memorized two dates from 2012. Feb. 17 was the day she was laid off from the Ambassadors Group.


  • Unemployment rate dips below 7% in Idaho

    Idaho’s unemployment rate continued to fall in November, dropping below 7 percent for the first time in 3½ years as employers maintained payrolls at a stronger pace than normal for …


  • Washington unemployment rate drops below 8 percent

    Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent last month, the first time it’s been below 8 percent in nearly four years.


  • STCU donates to education centers

    Spokane Teachers Credit Union has donated $5,000 to career and technical education centers in the area. “We’re particularly excited to support these programs, which give students options in fields that …


  • STCU donates $5,000 to education centers

    Spokane Teachers Credit Union has donated $5,000 to career and technical education centers in the area. “We’re particularly excited to support these programs, which give students options in fields that …


  • NW coal port hearing draws 800 at fairgrounds

    Eight hundred people poured into Spokane County Fair and Expo Center on Tuesday afternoon to debate a proposed coal port facility in northwest Washington. Proponents stressed jobs; environmentalists talked about …


  • Her art’s desire

    Leasa Harmon is pursuing a new career guided by advice that may sound illogical, if not reckless, in a job market that remains erratic and scarce of opportunity. The Coeur …


  • Spokane County unemployment rate lowest since 2008

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in October, the lowest since December 2008. A year ago, Spokane’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent. It was 8 percent in September.


  • Spokane County unemployment rate falls to 7.6 percent

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in October, the lowest since December 2008. A year ago, Spokane’s unemployment rate was 8.3 percent.


  • Romney, Obama each take from new jobs report

    President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney each got new evidence to bolster his closing argument Friday from an economic report showing more job creation and an uptick in …


  • Coeur d’Alene program coaches workers with disabilities

    When Christopher Griffin fills out job applications, he knows his work history stands out for the wrong reason. He hasn’t held a job since 2005, well before the recession. The …


  • Idaho unemployment shrinks, as does workforce

    The unemployment rate in Idaho fell to 7.1 percent in September, the lowest rate since May 2009 and down from 7.4 percent in August.


  • Pearson Packaging acquires Moen

    West Plains manufacturer Pearson Packaging Systems has bought a Southern California company that makes similar packaging equipment, bringing at least 12 new jobs to Spokane. Los Angeles-based Moen Industries also …


  • Jobless rate still high, but officials upbeat

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 9 percent in August. Though the jobless number was higher than in July and underscores the lagging recovery in Spokane compared with Seattle, where unemployment …


  • Idaho jobless rate falls

    The unemployment rate fell in August across North Idaho and statewide, due in part to fewer people seeking jobs. The Idaho rate fell to 7.4 percent, down slightly from July, …


  • Idaho unemployment falls as fewer seek jobs

    The unemployment rate fell in August across North Idaho and statewide, due in part to fewer people seeking jobs.


  • Washington’s jobless rate up slightly from July to August

    OLYMPIA – Washington state’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.6 percent in August, and the state saw a net loss of 1,100 jobs from the previous month, officials announced Wednesday. …


  • Finding work in ‘restructured’ post-recession economy difficult

    More than 15,000 jobs were lost in Spokane and Kootenai counties when the housing bubble burst in 2008, and most of those haven’t come back. Labor market economists say jobs …


  • Spokane jobless rate up in July

    Spokane County’s jobless rate rose to 8.8 percent in July as the region’s overall economy remains stagnant. July’s unemployment numbers are usually higher than in June’s – which this year …


  • Idaho unemployment rate falls to three-year low

    Idaho’s unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent in July, a three-year low. That’s down from 7.7 percent in June, the Idaho Department of Labor reported Friday. In Kootenai County, the …

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