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  • Washington’s average wage increased by 4.2 percent

    Average weekly wages in Washington rose more than $1,000 over the last year.


  • 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 …


  • Spokane County unemployment decreases in April

    The unemployment rate in Spokane County was 7.7 percent in April, down from 9 percent the previous month, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday. Washington’s unemployment rate was 6.5 …


  • Seasonal layoffs hit Spokane area

    The unemployment rate in Spokane climbed to 9.8 percent in January, as many retail companies laid off seasonal workers, Washington’s Employment Security Department said. The jobless rate in December was …


  • Washington jobless rate lowest since 2008 at 7.6

    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 …


  • Spokane County jobless rate stays at 9.9 percent in March

    Spokane County registered a 9.9 percent unemployment rate for March, exactly the same as February, the Washington Employment Security Department reported Tuesday. One year earlier Spokane’s jobless rate was 10.6 …


  • Job search leaves many exhausted

    When all the new jobs that the new spending cuts are bound to create finally get created, will someone please call Anjanette Lal? Lal is what the government calls an …


  • Spokane County employment edges up

    Employment in Spokane County rebounded last year, but remains substantially below the peak reached in 2008. The same was true for all of Washington, according to figures released Wednesday by …


  • Jobless rate up in county; steady in state

    Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in November despite an increase in jobs. New jobs in health care and hospitality were augmented by earlier than usual winter recreation …


  • Jobless rate eases in Spokane County

    The unemployment rate in Spokane County slipped to 7.8 percent in October, the lowest rate in almost two years. The number of employed rose to 220,210, up from 216,960 in …


  • Shrinking rate of joblessness tied to schools

    The unemployment rate in Spokane County fell to 8.2 percent in September as educators headed back to classrooms. Doug Tweedy, regional labor economist for the Washington Employment Security Department, said …


  • Spokane work force adds 3,300 in August

    New employment numbers show encouraging signs in Spokane County. Total employment in the county jumped by 3,300 people from July to August. In addition, there were 450 more people employed …


  • Spokane County unemployment holds steady in June

    The unemployment rate in Spokane County held steady in June despite the loss of almost 2,200 jobs, most of those in private education.


  • Washington survey sees employee benefits shrinking

    The Washington Employment Security Department says fewer employers in the state are offering employee benefits.


  • Washington state boosts help for jobless

    The Washington Employment Security Department will take calls from newly unemployed workers Saturdays in an effort to keep up with surging benefit claims, Commissioner Karen Lee said Monday. The department …

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