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Applications for jobless aid rise to still-low 258,000

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but applications are still at a low level that points to a healthy job market.

Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent

Washington state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in nine years, dropping to 4.9 percent last month.

Labor nominee says he won’t let politics influence hiring

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Labor Department says he won’t allow potential political pressure from the administration to influence his hiring decisions.

UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

State budget would target 1 in 5 workers for big raises

With new staffers walking the wards these days at Western State Hospital, nurse Becky Bailey feels safer. There’s less of a last-minute scramble for nurses to fill vacant positions, said …

Women’s March organizers proposing ‘A Day Without a Woman’

Organizers of January’s Women’s March are calling for women to take the day off Wednesday and encouraged not to spend money to highlight women’s role in society.

Alaska Air, reversing course, will hire baggage handlers it outsourced

Alaska Airlines is taking its baggage-handling contract at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport away from Menzies Aviation and giving it to a new Alaska Air subsidiary, McGee Air Services.

U.S. jobless claims drop to lowest level since 1973

Just 223,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, fewest in nearly 44 years.

Boeing investigates security breach after spreadsheet shared

Boeing is investigating an internal security breach impacting thousands of workers in four states, including Washington. The company says it was notified in January after a worker accidentally sent personal …

Hershey expects to cut 15 percent of global workforce

Hershey Co. says it expects to cut its global workforce by about 15 percent, with the layoffs coming mostly from hourly employees outside the United States.

Hugging employees may create hostile work environment, appeals court rules

Hugging can create a hostile work environment. In a decision Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived a sexual harassment lawsuit against Yolo County …

Back pay awarded because of 2013 government shutdown

A federal judge ruled this week that about 25,000 federal employees who worked without pay during the 2013 partial government shutdown are eligible for partial back pay even though they …

Top Senate Democrat calls on Trump to withdraw Puzder as labor secretary nominee

The top Senate Democrat on Thursday called for President Donald Trump to withdraw the nomination of fast-food executive Andy Puzder to be labor secretary, calling him “probably the most anti-worker” …

Trump vows to keep Obama-era protection for LGBT federal workers

President Donald Trump intends to maintain an Obama-era executive order aimed at protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender federal workers and contractors from workplace discrimination, the White House said Tuesday.

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 …

Job market heats up for fast-food workers

Lisa Aragon just couldn’t get the headhunter to take no for an answer. Five times in a month, she turned down enticements, including higher pay and four weeks of paid …

INL to take part in manufacturing efficiency research

The Idaho National Laboratory is planning to help research how to increase manufacturing efficiency.

Former workers sue Idaho dairy, claiming human trafficking

A group of veterinarians from Mexico is suing an Idaho dairy in federal court, contending that the dairy lured them under false pretenses and then forced them to work in …

East Idaho warehouse fire puts 65 people out of work

About 65 people are out of work after a fire destroyed a warehouse in the eastern Idaho city of Ucon.

Trump, unions reach surprise agreements for workers at Las Vegas, D.C. hotels

Donald Trump’s hotel company and two of the country’s leading labor unions reached agreement Wednesday on deals that will set wage and health benefits for 520 workers at his hotel …

Idaho unemployment remains at 3.8 percent

State officials say Idaho’s unemployment rate has remained at 3.8 percent for the past five months.

Authorities: Man dies after fall into paint vat in Indiana

Authorities say a 67-year-old man has died after falling into a vat of paint in southern Indiana.

Energy Department rejects Donald Trump’s request to name climate change workers, who remain worried

Global warming – “it’s a hoax.” Donald Trump has said that more than once. So it’s understandable that the request by the president-elect’s transition team for the names of individual …

PPG planning 1,700 global job cuts

PPG on Friday said it plans a broad cost-cutting program throughout its global operations that will generate annual savings of between $120 million and $130 million.

AstraZeneca cuts 700 US jobs, including at Delaware headquarters

British drugmaker AstraZeneca is eliminating 700 jobs across the United States, including at its North America commercial headquarters in Wilmington, Del.

Claims for unemployment aid drop by 10,000 to 258,000

Fewer Americans signed up for unemployment benefits last week, another sign of a healthy U.S. job market.

U.S. CEOs more optimistic on prospects for sales, hiring

Chief executive officers of some of the largest U.S. companies became more optimistic about their sales and hiring prospects in the weeks before and after last month’s presidential election, even …

SeaWorld cutting 320 jobs in restructuring

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is eliminating 320 jobs across its 12-park company.

Cereal maker General Mills to cut as many as 600 jobs

General Mills, which has been struggling with weaker sales for its cereal and yogurt, plans to cut between 400 and 600 jobs around the world as it restructures its business.

More Hanford workers report possible tank vapors

Three more Hanford workers reported smelling a suspicious, ammonia-like odor Thursday afternoon in central Hanford and received medical evaluations.

Requests for U.S. jobless aid rose last week, but still low

More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. But claims are still at low levels that point to greater job security.