Stories tagged: jobs
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016, 8:32 a.m.
Hiring rises in 36 U.S. states in December
Employers added jobs in 36 states last month, led by big gains in California, Texas and Florida, evidence that hiring remains solid nationwide. Low oil prices caused job losses in …
Tue., Jan. 26, 2016, 8:18 a.m.
American consumers showing more confidence in economy
The Conference Board on Tuesday said that its consumer confidence index rose to 98.1 in January from 96.3 in December, the second straight monthly gain.
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015, 10:10 p.m.
Spokane on track to add 6,000 jobs this year
The greater Spokane region is on track to add 6,000 jobs this year, the highest number since 2007-2008, according to the latest figures from the Washington Employment Security Department.
Wed., Nov. 4, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
Alcoa to idle Wenatchee plant
Alcoa will idle its Wenatchee Works plant as part of a companywide plan to shut down smelting operations that are losing money amid low world prices for aluminum, the company …
Tue., Oct. 20, 2015, 5:12 p.m.
Spokane jobless rate lowest since October 2008
Unemployment numbers for September show Spokane’s rate dropped to 5.6 percent.
Fri., Oct. 2, 2015, 9:06 p.m.
Three takeaways from September’s dismal jobs report
WASHINGTON – September hiring fell well short of consensus expectations and previous economic growth was less robust than thought, new Labor Department statistics say in a dismal monthly report that …
Wed., May 6, 2015
Comcast to build Spokane call center, creating 675 jobs
Comcast will build a new call center in the Spokane area that brings 675 jobs to the region, the company announced Tuesday. The Internet and cable television company hasn’t selected …
Wed., April 22, 2015
Spokane County jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent
Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in March as hiring grew across a variety of business sectors. There were 6,000 new jobs added in Spokane from March 2014 …
Tue., April 21, 2015, 12:19 p.m.
Spokane County unemployment rate falls to 6.8%
Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in March as hiring grew across a variety of business sectors.
Tue., April 7, 2015
Robert J. Samuelson: ‘Full unemployment’ an unrealistic, elusive goal
Concerning economic policy, it’s back to the future. As the unemployment rate (5.5 percent in March) has dropped, there’s been a shift in language. We’re told increasingly that we should …
Tue., March 17, 2015
Robert J. Samuelson: Job worries, hopes each have their place under robot invasion
For some time, I’ve been collecting news stories about robots and jobs. By robots, I mean almost any automated process that substitutes machines for people. Here are some examples: • …
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Programs help boomers work their way back
Baby boomer Mike Ball couldn’t find a job when he moved to Spokane even though he had many skills and a strong resume: college degree, U.S. Air Force veteran, 16 …
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago Hecrick Eisenhour, described as a “comely miss of 20 years,” smiled prettily at Judge George Stocker.
Mon., Sept. 1, 2014
Spokane’s big job-maker still government
On this Labor Day, it might be a good time to reflect on the main source of the jobs in our community: government. Government has been either the No. 1 …
Wed., Aug. 20, 2014
Spokane County jobless rate up slightly from June
Despite solid gains in private jobs, summer layoffs at area universities and local school districts pushed Spokane County’s July unemployment rate up by two-tenths percent, to 5.7 percent, state officials …
Fri., Aug. 8, 2014
Spokane recovery lagging behind
More than 8 million jobs were eliminated across the country by the Great Recession; as the economy contracted, businesses failed or they endured by cutting workers. Spokane County felt its …
Wed., July 23, 2014
Spokane County’s jobless rate drops to 5.6 percent
Spokane’s slow but steady economic pulse picked up in June as the county’s jobless rate fell to 5.6 percent, the first time it dipped below 6 percent since 2008, the …
Tue., May 20, 2014, 4:05 p.m.
Spokane County unemployment falls to 6.2 percent
Spokane’s jobless rate in April sank to 6.2 percent, the lowest since November 2008, reflecting warm-weather job expansion in construction, warehousing and business services.
Thu., May 15, 2014
Report: Washington has regained lost jobs, added 6,900 jobs per month
OLYMPIA – Washington has gained back the jobs it lost during the Great Recession and is adding jobs each month at a rate comparable to the height of the last …
Wed., April 23, 2014, 8:45 a.m.
Government creating one-stop job site for veterans
WASHINGTON — Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become …
Sun., April 20, 2014
Thayne McCulloh and Beck Taylor: Colleges need support building vital workforce
We applaud the Legislature’s action this session embracing the higher-education attainment goals proposed by the Washington State Student Achievement Council. We also wish to thank Gov. Jay Inslee for his …
Sun., March 30, 2014
Doug Clark: Catch a ride aboard the county gravy train
For those with a low work ethic and a desire for easy money, have I got an offer! There is still a month and change left to file your candidacy …
Sun., March 30, 2014
Silverwood Theme Park hiring fair draws range of applicants
The parking lot at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds was packed Saturday and the lines were long as hundreds of people turned out to seek summer jobs at Silverwood Theme Park. …
Wed., Jan. 29, 2014
Spokane County jobless rate rose in December
Spokane County’s jobless rate rose to 7.3 percent in December from 6.8 percent the prior month. The slight rise was expected, said Doug Tweedy of the Washington State Employment Security …
Sun., Jan. 5, 2014
Retirement a distant hope for some blue-collar workers
Tom Edwards grew up in a family that’s been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has …
Sun., Jan. 5, 2014
Tips for successful job hunting
Writer Hal Lancaster observed: “Getting fired is nature’s way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.” OK, but what do you do after that?
Mon., Dec. 9, 2013
Older workers face new setbacks
When potential employers ask Tracy Blakeley about her personal life, she assumes they’re not making idle chit-chat. They’re trying to figure out how old she is.
Sun., Dec. 8, 2013
In their corner: Attorneys help veterans resolve employment disputes
Spokane attorney and National Guard reservist Matt Crotty never meant to mimic his father. “Oh God, as a teenager he was the last thing I wanted to follow,” Crotty said, …
Wed., Dec. 4, 2013
Washington State Patrol relaxes drug, crime rules for applicants
OLYMPIA – Time was that if you wanted to be a state trooper but had a conviction for drinking as a teen or had smoked pot within the last three …
Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
Washington loses 9,500 jobs in September, October
OLYMPIA – Washington state’s unemployment rate was relatively constant over the past two months, but the state saw an estimated loss of 9,500 jobs over the same period, according to …