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UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 3:18 p.m.

Seattle’s higher minimum wage is working just fine

Two years after Seattle began increasing its minimum wage, Seattle’s economy is as strong as ever.


28,000 exotic dancers to share $6.5 million wage settlement

A federal judge has approved a $6.5 million settlement in a wage dispute involving 28,000 current or former exotic dancers at a chain of clubs operating in 18 states.


Restructured economy triggers blue-collar disappointment

Through the 1960s, all workers’ incomes advanced fairly evenly, and people’s relative economic positions didn’t change much. That’s no longer true, say Rose and Reeves.


Fed survey finds tight labor markets, rising wages

The economy kept growing in April through late May, with more regions citing worker shortages across a widening range of occupations, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.


Analysis: You’re not getting a raise, and nobody knows why

The economy today has almost everything experts look for as a sign of health – new jobs are popping up around the country, the unemployment rate has fallen to the …


Labor slack’s vanishing act signals wage gains coming soon

April’s employment report contained an even bigger surprise than the jump in U.S. payrolls: Spare capacity in the labor market is quickly disappearing, signaling that lackluster wage growth should get …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

Tech sector contributes to Washington’s gender gap in earnings

Washington has a bigger wage gap between women’s and men’s earnings than surrounding states. The state’s tech sector is partly to blame for the disparity.


Seattle workers are second-best-paid techies in U.S.

Seattle techies are the second-best-paid in the country, according to a report from San Francisco career site Hired. The average software engineer in Seattle makes $126,000 a year, falling just …


Slowdown in wage gains muddies picture of tight job market

Just when the U.S. labor market looked like it was getting tight, worker paychecks are giving more of a mixed picture.


Wage disparity took another turn for the worse last year

The picture on income inequality in America just got a little bleaker. Top wage earners last year made 5.05 times what their lowest-income counterparts took home, the widest gap in …


Moscow group to support Idaho minimum wage increase

The League of Women Voters of Moscow will recommend that its statewide organization lobby Idaho legislators to raise the state’s minimum wage. Throughout the state, local leagues are discussing a …


$8.2 million settlement approved in SeaTac minimum wage case

A federal judge has approved an $8.2 million court settlement to resolve the claims of thousands of workers who said they were paid less than $15 per hour after the …


Americans start to see enduring wage gains in tighter job market

After six straight years of annual job gains topping 2 million, America’s labor market is as tight as ever, and it’s entering the next phase: an enduring pickup in wages.


Dow nears 20,000 barrier as higher wages boost stocks

The Dow Jones industrial average is tantalizingly close to the 20,000 mark Friday as U.S. stock indexes close in on all-time highs following a shaky start. The federal government’s December …


Airlines swim in cash but leave airport workers high and dry

After losing more than $50 billion in the decade following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. airlines have been enjoying some financially robust times of late.


Montana lawmakers to look at raising their pay 82 percent

Future Montana lawmakers would receive an 82 percent pay raise or more compared to what they’re making now under a measure to be considered next week by a legislative panel.


U.S. payrolls rise by 161,000 in October as wages accelerate

U.S. jobs continued to rise at a steady pace in October and wage gains accelerated, signs that the labor market and economy made steady progress at the start of the …


McDonald’s agrees to $3.75M deal with California workers

McDonald’s has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a federal lawsuit that sought to hold the company liable for allegations that a franchise owner in the San Francisco Bay …


Higher minimum wage in Washington could siphon off Kootenai County workers

A proposed increase in Washington’s minimum wage would widen the gap with starting wages in neighboring Idaho and may force businesses in Kootenai County to raise wages. If Washington voters …


Housing management company failed to pay minimum wage, Feds say

Federal authorities say a company that manages apartment complexes throughout Washington state has agreed to pay $239,000 to 79 workers for overtime and minimum wage violations.


Boeing curtails OT pay for 80,000 workers in latest cost-cutting move

In another move to cut costs, Boeing told white-collar, salaried employees across the company on Tuesday that starting next month overtime pay will be severely limited.


Experts say Spokane likely is part of economic boom raising incomes

Household income rose last year, the federal government says.


$12M-plus settlement reached in minimum wage cases

Several companies that provide transportation and hospitality services at or near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have agreed to settle back-pay lawsuits alleging that they ignored the nation’s first $15-per-hour minimum wage …


U.S. wages, benefits see steady rise in second quarter

The wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a steady pace in the second quarter compared to the first three months of the year, as income growth …


Local tree-planting company contests federal findings that migrant workers were underpaid

A Coeur d’Alene tree-planting company and its subcontractor are contesting a federal investigator’s finding that they underpaid migrant crews on national forest jobs by more than $100,000.


Scandal-hit VW agrees to 4.8 percent pay rise for workers

Automaker Volkswagen and Germany’s industrial union have agreed to increase wages 4.8 percent by next year in an economy where the cost of living is flat – the kind of …


Poll: Two-thirds of U.S. would struggle to cover $1,000 crisis

Two-thirds of Americans would have difficulty coming up with the money to cover a $1,000 emergency, according to an exclusive poll released Thursday, a signal that despite years of recovery …


Idaho board OKs master teacher pay bonuses

Experienced teachers in Idaho looking for a bonus will have to show their work just like their students under a new plan recently adopted by the Idaho State Board of …


Unemployment aid claims reach highest level since early 2015

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February 2015, more sobering news for the labor market after a disappointing April jobs …


Supreme Court reject franchises’ appeal over $15 Seattle wage

The Supreme Court is turning away a challenge to Seattle’s $15 an hour minimum wage from franchise business owners who say the law discriminates against them.