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Idaho unemployment remains at 2.7 percent

The Idaho Department of Labor on Friday said the state’s unemployment rate in October was the same as September and is the 14th consecutive month at or below 3 percent.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent

According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the unemployment rate dipped slightly from September’s 4.4 percent and the state also added 12,400 jobs in October.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 3:13 p.m.

Idaho unemployment drops to 2.7 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate in September dropped to 2.7 percent.


Washington’s September jobless rate is lowest in 42 years

Unemployment in Washington state inched down to 4.4 percent in September, its lowest point in 42 years.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

U.S. unemployment drops to 3.7 percent for first time since 1969

The jobless rate, the government reported Friday, is now at its lowest level since the 3.5 percent it reached 49 years ago. And the strength looks likely to endure. There …


Report: Washington unemployment rate lowest in 42 years

A recent report shows Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent last month – the lowest rate for August since 1976.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

U.S. hiring picked up in August as pay surged most in 9 years

The pace of hiring in the United States quickened in August, and wages grew at their fastest pace in nine years – evidence that employers remain confident despite the Trump …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers touts tax reform, Inland Northwest economic growth in speech at Greater Spokane Inc.

In a speech to business interests and nonprofit representatives Wednesday, the congresswoman was joined by members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to tout the tax reform bill as a …


Idaho’s unemployment rate remains at 2.9 percent

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 2.9 percent.


Washington unemployment rate hits lowest point in 11 years

Washington’s jobless rate in July was 4.6 percent – its lowest point since June 2007 – as strong employer demand continued to outpace growth in the working population.


Federal Reserve projects further gradual hikes in key rate

The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects low unemployment and rising inflation will keep it on track to raise interest rates at a gradual pace over the next two years. …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 3:24 p.m.

U.S. adds a solid 213,000 jobs; unemployment up to 4 percent

U.S. employers kept up a brisk hiring pace in June by adding 213,000 jobs in a sign of confidence despite the start of a potentially punishing trade war with China.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

Construction job gains help fuel drop in Spokane County unemployment

Demand for construction workers was partly responsible for a drop in Spokane County’s unemployment rate, which was 5 percent in May. The industry has added about 1,200 local jobs over …


Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust U.S. economy

The numbers that collectively sketch a picture of a vibrant economy don’t reflect reality for a range of Americans who still feel far from financially secure even nine years into …


Idaho’s May unemployment rate continues streak under 3 percent

The May unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in Kootenai County. Over the past 12 months, the Coeur d’Alene metro area has added about 1,900 jobs.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 3:52 p.m.

Washington unemployment rate at 4.7 percent

Washington’s jobless rate dipped slightly as the state added 8,500 jobs last month.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 4:48 p.m.

More job openings exist in the U.S. than unemployed workers to fill them

The labor market has hit a tipping point that should help boost wages: There are more job openings in the U.S. than unemployed workers to fill them.


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 8:08 p.m.

U.S. unemployment falls nearly to 1969 levels; hiring is solid

Another month of strong hiring drove the nation’s unemployment rate down to 3.8 percent – tantalizingly close to the level last seen in 1969, when Detroit still dominated the auto …


Idaho unemployment rate drops to 2.9 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate in March dropped a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month to 2.9 percent.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 11:09 a.m.

Washington unemployment rate at 4.8 percent

Washington’s jobless rate increased slightly as the state added 3,900 jobs last month.


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Hawaii’s low unemployment rate masks underlying problems

Are there downsides to a low unemployment rate? In Hawaii, which has the United States’ lowest jobless rate at a minuscule 2.1 percent, the answer is yes.


Washington unemployment rate remains low in January

Washington’s statewide unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January as continued job growth in industries such as construction and business services kept pace with the state’s increasing working population


Owner receives letter granting dog unemployment benefits

Michael Ryder had been approved for $360 every week in Michigan unemployment benefits – until the state learned he’d been dogging it at the Detroit-area restaurant chain where he supposedly …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

Four topics President Trump tackled in the State of the Union and how they affect Spokane

President Donald Trump will deliver the first State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Many of his expected topics will have wide implications for the region’s roads, immigrants, patients …


Washington adds 6,100 jobs in December; jobless rate at 4.5 percent

Washington’s economy added 6,100 jobs in December and the state’s seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate came in at 4.5 percent, according to the Employment Security Department.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 4:07 p.m.

U.S. employers add 228K jobs; unemployment rate stays 4.1 pct.

U.S. employers added a robust 228,000 jobs in November, a sign of the job market’s enduring strength in its ninth year of economic recovery.


Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits drop 13,000

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell for the first time in three weeks, pushing total applications down to a low 239,000, further evidence of the strength …


Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits edge up by 10,000

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly to a still-low 239,000 last week. Meanwhile, the four-week average fell to a fresh 44-year low, evidence that …


Spokane County’s September unemployment rate drops to 4.6 percent

Early holiday hiring by local retailers helped lower Spokane County’s unemployment rate to 4.6 percent in September.


Idaho’s September unemployment rate drops to 2.8 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.8 percent in September, reflecting ongoing hiring by the state’s employers, officials said.