Stories tagged: labor
Fri., May 19, 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Idaho labor force tightens as jobless rate scrapes bottom
Significant drops in the number of unemployed Idahoans and people looking for work pushed the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 3.4 percent in April, narrowing an already tight …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Ford plans to cut about 10 percent of global workforce, WSJ reports
Ford plans to cut about 10 percent of staff worldwide as Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields faces escalating pressure to boost profit and a lagging stock price, the Wall Street …
Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Jobless-benefit claims at 28-year low; U.S. labor market tightening
A decline in the number of U.S. jobless-benefit claims fell to a 28-year low is adding to signs of a tight labor market, as initial unemployment claims also remained subdued, …
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 6:04 p.m.
Hecla reports higher 1Q earnings despite ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine
Higher silver prices helped Hecla Mining Co. turn a first quarter profit despite an ongoing strike at the Lucky Friday Mine.
Sat., May 6, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Davenport Hotel’s barbershop refuses to raise prices; streetcar cleaners on strike replaced
The largest barbershop in town – the Davenport Hotel barbershop – refused to raise its prices in accord with the other barbershops in town. The rest of them, under pressure …
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 3:31 p.m.
Bills seek link of aerospace tax breaks, state workforce
Frustrated by the loss of thousands of Boeing jobs in recent years, lawmakers are weighing two measures that would tie Boeing’s eligibility for tax breaks to the amount of people …
Tue., May 2, 2017, 8 a.m.
Hollywood writers, producers reach deal; strike averted
A tentative deal was reached between screenwriters and producers Tuesday, averting a strike that could have crippled TV and film production and inflicted harm on the wider California economy.
Fri., April 28, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens
Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at …
Thu., April 27, 2017, 7:59 a.m.
Jobless claims rise to 4-week high amid holiday
Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose to a four-week high last week, interrupting a run of subdued firings, a Labor Department report showed Thursday.
UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 8:43 p.m.
Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent
Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in March, down from 6.8 percent in February, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday.
UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 8:19 p.m.
Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown
President Donald Trump’s hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation’s agricultural industry, which fears a crackdown will deprive it of the labor …
Fri., April 21, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
America’s manliest industries are all competing for women
Baby boomers are retiring in droves, vacating construction sites and body shops and 18-wheelers. Now America’s male-dominated industries, faced with a looming worker shortage, are trying to tap talent that …
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 …
Sun., April 16, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Wobbly organizer accuses lumber bosses of fixing books to prevent wage increases
Labor firebrand Elizabeth Gurley Flynn delivered her second speech in two days, this one to a crowd of 1,000 people at Spokane’s Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) hall. Her …
Fri., April 14, 2017, midnight
100 years ago today in Spokane: Wobbly organizer predicts labor fight in lumber camps
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, firebrand union organizer, told a crowd of hundreds at Spokane’s Wobbly hall that the region’s lumber camps would soon be labor’s biggest battleground.
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, 8:38 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 …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 1:57 p.m.
Gov. Brown proclaims March 31 Cesar Chavez Day
Oregon residents can celebrate more than the coming weekend today as Gov. Kate Brown has declared March 31 Cesar Chavez Day.
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.
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, 12:52 p.m.
Idaho unemployment remains at 3.6 percent
Idaho’s unemployment held steady in February at 3.6 percent while the state led the nation in job growth for the sixth consecutive month.
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.
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.
Wed., March 22, 2017, 7:55 a.m.
Labor nominee says he won’t let politics influence hiring
President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Labor Department says he won’t allow potential political pressure from the administration to influence his hiring decisions.
UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
State budget would target 1 in 5 workers for big raises
With new staffers walking the wards these days at Western State Hospital, nurse Becky Bailey feels safer. There’s less of a last-minute scramble for nurses to fill vacant positions, said …
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 5:48 p.m.
Deaconess adds laughing gas as pain management option during labor
Women giving birth at Deaconess Hospital now have a new option for pain management: laughing gas.
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.
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.
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 8 a.m.
What labor shortage? Robot apple pickers on the way
Worry over ag labor shortages could be a thing of the past if two engineering firms hit goals to market robotic fruit-picking machines by 2019.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Housemaid union calls for $10 weekly wage; Lewis and Clark High School runners race Seattle school via telegraph
Spokane’s housemaids and hired girls might soon take up a battle cry: “Ten dollars a week or strike!” The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) were organizing a new chapter …