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  • Weekly requests for jobless aid rise but still near lows

    Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the overall levels still remain near historic lows in a positive sign for the job market.


  • Unemployment aid applications slip to a low 266,000

    Slightly fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are low and employers are probably adding new jobs.


  • Employers add jobs in July, signaling strong labor market

    Private employers added a solid 179,000 net jobs last month, payroll processing firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday in an indication that the labor market has regained its health after …


  • Applications for jobless aid rise to still-low 266,000

    WASHINGTON – More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, but the number of applications was still at a low level that suggested hiring is healthy.


  • U.S. unemployment applications dip to 253,000 last week

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, falling to the lowest point in 13 weeks.


  • Jail inmates getting unemployment checks, audit finds

    Inmates got unemployment payments because agency doesn’t have access to all information.


  • US jobless aid applications fell to 42-year low last month

    WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely rose last week and the average level of applications in the past month fell to a 42-year low. The …


  • Jobless benefits being cut

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s long-term unemployment benefits will decrease by nine weeks next month, state officials announced Wednesday. Officials with the Employment Security Department said the decrease was triggered because the …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • Unemployment benefits given despite outlandish scenarios

    I always get feedback on these columns, and I like that. Even the people who think I’m crazy are still paying attention and reading in print or online. But the …


  • Audit: Idaho improperly paid $82 million in benefits

    An Idaho agency that doles out unemployment benefits improperly made about $82 million in payments over a three-year period, a federal audit fou


  • Caldwell: Good news, good jobs work well together

    April was a good month for Washington’s unemployed: 5,800 of them went back to work. The gain raised the 12-month improvement to 41,500, a good-news story even if those still …


  • Washington jobless rate climbs

    Washington’s unemployment rate climbed in March despite a gain of 1,110 jobs, the Employment Security Department said Wednesday. The March unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, a notch higher than the …


  • Senate delays vote on unemployment insurance rate hike

    OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats had to delay a vote Wednesday on a plan to spare businesses from millions in higher unemployment insurance taxes after Republicans said the plan didn’t help …


  • Coordinator discusses AARP’s free tax preparation program

    Tax season begins in earnest Tuesday, and AARP will again offer free tax preparation at numerous Tax-Aide centers in the Inland Northwest. John Viveiros is the Spokane district coordinator for …


  • Holidays time for survival as jobless benefits run out

    Shawn Slonsky’s children know by now not to give him Christmas lists filled with the latest gizmos. The 44-year-old union electrician is one of nearly 2 million Americans whose extended …


  • House approves additional jobless benefits

    Congress has approved legislation to restore unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more, ending a seven-week interruption that caused 2 1/2 million …


  • Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

    Legislation to restore unemployment benefits to millions who have been out of work for more than six months broke free of Senate Republican delaying tactics today.


  • Obama to GOP: Restore unemployment benefits now

    President Barack Obama took aim at Republican lawmakers today, accusing them of holding the public hostage to Washington politics by blocking extended unemployment benefits for millions of out of work …


  • Benefits for jobless lapse

    WASHINGTON – More than 1.3 million laid-off workers won’t get their unemployment benefits reinstated before Congress goes on a weeklong break for Independence Day. And hundreds of thousands more will …


  • Business update: Data suggest recovery is fizzling

    Fears that the economic recovery is fizzling grew Thursday after the government and private sector issued weak reports on a number of fronts. Unemployment claims are up, home sales are …


  • $18 billion jobless benefits bill goes to Obama

    Congress is sending President Barack Obama an $18 billion bill to restore unemployment benefits for people who have been out of a job for months and resume full Medicare payments …


  • Jobless benefits bill rebounds in Senate

    After weeks of partisan struggle that caused more than 400,000 people to miss unemployment checks, a bill restoring those benefits is on track to pass the Senate as early as …


  • Extension of jobless benefits clears GOP roadblock

    Democrats in the Senate won an initial skirmish Monday to restore unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of jobless people despite Republican criticism that it would add $9 billion to …


  • Jobless aid measure passes Senate

    The Senate voted Wednesday to extend a host of soon-to-expire elements of last year’s economic stimulus measure, including help for the jobless and money to help financially strapped states pay …


  • Idaho pays out record in unemployment benefits

    Idaho borrowed $108 million in interest-free loans from the federal government in 2009 to help pay a record amount in unemployment insurance benefits to out-of-work residents, according to state records.


  • Senate extends jobless benefits, home tax credit

    WASHINGTON – The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to provide the jobless with up to 20 weeks in additional unemployment benefits and expand a first-time homebuyer tax credit to include a …


  • Rates qualify states’ jobless for 20 weeks

    Because Idaho and Washington have had jobless rates higher than 8.5 percent over the past three months, the unemployed in both states could qualify for six weeks of federal unemployment …


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