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  • Accused Spokane bank robber pleads guilty in Illinois

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — An unemployed Washington state restaurant worker faces September sentencing after admitting in federal court Thursday that he robbed banks in Illinois and two other states.


  • 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 …


  • Spokane County unemployment rose in February to 8.7 percent

    Spokane County’s jobless rate was 8.7 percent in February, the state reported Tuesday. That’s up from January’s unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, yet still below the February 2013 rate of …


  • Washington jobless rate drops to 6.4 percent

    SEATTLE — Washington state has more jobs than before the start of the recession, with a January employment rate of 6.4 percent, the Employment Security Department reported Wednesday.


  • Spokane County jobless rate rises in November

    Spokane County’s jobless rate edged up to 7.0 percent in November, an increase of three-tenths of a percent from the month before, the state Employment Security Department said.


  • Washington lost 6,000 jobs in November

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month, but the state still saw job losses, according to numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department.


  • Wash. to regain some long-term jobless benefits

    OLYMPIA — A worsening unemployment rate in Washington state is leading to extended unemployment benefits for some.


  • Oregon jobs landscape shifting

    PORTLAND – New research shows the number of middle-class jobs in Oregon is shrinking rapidly, while high-wage jobs and low-wage jobs are growing – and at a faster pace than …


  • Washington jobless rate increase two months in a row

    OLYMPIA – Washington’s unemployment rate increased slightly for the second straight month even as the state added an estimated 5,300 jobs from July to August, officials with the Employment Security …


  • Spokane unemployment at 8.1 percent

    Spokane County’s jobless rate climbed back above 8 percent in July, in large part because of area teachers and school staff not working during the summer. The unemployment rate was …


  • 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 …


  • State gains 9,800 jobs in June

    OLYMPIA – Washington state had an estimated net gain of 9,800 jobs from May to June, while the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.8 percent, officials with the Employment …


  • State’s jobless rate dips to 6.8 percent

    Washington’s unemployment rate in May fell to 6.8 percent, the lowest since November 2008, according to the Employment Security Department. The report said the number of unemployed workers in the …


  • Average wage in Washington cracks $50k for the first time

    Private sector job growth and a recovering economy pushed Washington’s average wage in 2012 to $51,595. That’s the first time Washington’s average wage — for jobs covered by unemployment insurance …


  • Eurozone unemployment heading for 20 million

    LONDON — Unemployment across the 17 EU countries that use the euro hit another record high in April — and appears to be on course to hit 20 million this …


  • State unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

    Washington’s jobless rate in March fell to 7.3 percent, the lowest monthly rate since December 2008. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been stuck at 7.5 percent for the …


  • Kootenai County’s jobless rate 6 percent

    Kootenai County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent last month. That is nearly as low as in summer 2008, when the Great Recession was beginning to grip the Northwest. The …


  • Kootenai County jobless rate falls to 6 percent

    Kootenai County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent last month. That is nearly as low as in the summer of 2008, when the Great Recession was beginning to grip the …


  • More jobs recovered; jobless rate the same

    Washington’s statewide jobless rate in February remained 7.5 percent, the third month in a row at that level, the Employment Security Department reported Wednesday. Overall, the state added roughly 4,000 …


  • 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.


  • US adds 236K jobs, unemployment falls to 7.7 pct.

    WASHINGTON — A burst of hiring last month added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. The robust gains suggested that …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Idaho’s jobless rate reaches four-year low

    Idaho employers added more than 12,000 jobs during December, helping push the state’s jobless rate to 6.6 percent, the lowest in nearly four years.


  • Washington’s jobless number drops, but decline is misleading

    Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent in December, the lowest since 2008. But state Employment Security Department economists said that drop, from 7.7 percent in November, is due to …


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Idaho jobless rate below 7 percent

    Idaho’s unemployment rate continued to fall in November, dropping below 7 percent for the first time in 3 1/2 years as employers maintained payrolls at a stronger pace than normal …


  • 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.

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