Stories tagged: unemployment
Thu., Feb. 25, 2016, 6:29 a.m.
Applications for U.S. jobless benefits rise
More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the figure remained at a low level that suggests layoffs aren’t widespread.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016, 11:41 a.m.
Social Security, joblessness top economic concerns, AP poll shows
Ask people what economic issues will be important for the next president, and Democrats, Republicans and independents alike all put a high priority on protecting Social Security and reducing unemployment.
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 6:56 p.m.
Many see cause for optimism despite slower U.S. job growth
WASHINGTON – Consider looking past January’s so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday’s government report on U.S. hiring was a downer – 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of …
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.
Fri., Nov. 20, 2015, 1:06 p.m.
Idaho unemployment dropped to 4 percent in October
Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent in October amid growth in the construction and retail sectors, according to the state Department of Labor. The state’s unemployment rate was 4.2 …
Thu., Oct. 29, 2015, 5:17 p.m.
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 …
Tue., May 26, 2015, 11:36 a.m.
Spokane jobless rate drops to 6 percent
The unemployment rate for Spokane County fell to 6 percent in April. It was 6.6 percent in April 2014.
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 …
Sat., Nov. 22, 2014
Idaho reports 6 1/2-year low in jobless rate
Idaho’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in 6 ½ years in October. The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent last month, versus 5.9 percent a year ago, according to …
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 …
Sat., Aug. 2, 2014
Partners for Work connects employers, people with disabilities
Greg Terhaar surprised his interviewers when they asked him what kind of job he’s seeking. “Working for the government, doing policy-making for disability rights on a global stage,” Terhaar replied.
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 …
Sat., June 14, 2014
Window to exchange COBRA coverage closes July 1
Washington residents who lost their job and stayed on their former employer’s health insurance plan through COBRA have a new and possibly lower-cost way to get health insurance. But there’s …
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 8, 2014, 3:15 p.m.
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.
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 …
Wed., March 26, 2014
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 …
Wed., March 5, 2014, 11:44 a.m.
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.
Mon., Dec. 23, 2013, 12:16 p.m.
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.
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013, 11:46 a.m.
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.
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013, 11:19 a.m.
Wash. to regain some long-term jobless benefits
OLYMPIA — A worsening unemployment rate in Washington state is leading to extended unemployment benefits for some.
Sat., Oct. 26, 2013
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 …
Thu., Sept. 19, 2013
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 …
Tue., Aug. 20, 2013, 1:18 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Aug. 1, 2013
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 …
Thu., July 18, 2013
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 …
Thu., June 20, 2013
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 …
Wed., June 12, 2013, 2:50 p.m.
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 …