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Businesses add 200,000 jobs in March as labor market keeps improving

Businesses added a solid 200,000 net jobs this month, according to a closely watched private survey released Wednesday, as the U.S. labor market continued to strengthen even as overall economic …

Oregon farm regulators eye ‘stop work’ authority

Food manufacturers and pesticide applicators could be subject to “stop work” orders under new regulatory authority being considered by Oregon’s farm regulators.

Trump gets zero as Fed employees bestow more money on Democrats

Donald Trump and his main rivals for the Republican presidential nomination all have expressed dissatisfaction with the U.S. Federal Reserve. Campaign donation records indicate the feeling is mutual.

Applications for unemployment aid fall to 5-month low

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level since October, evidence that employers are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their …

Seattle now part of Obama program to train people for tech jobs

The city of Seattle is the latest member of President Obama’s TechHire program, a push to get more people working in tech jobs through college and nontraditional training programs.

Vermont becomes fifth state to require paid sick leave

Vermont has become the fifth state to require employers to provide paid sick leave to workers.

Lockheed Martin seeks to lay off up to 1,000 workers

Lockheed Martin Corp. says its aeronautics division is seeking to part with up to 1,000 workers as it works to stay competitive and keep its staff aligned with orders.

Obama cheers economy as ‘pretty darn great’

President Barack Obama says Republicans may be making “doomsday” claims about the economy, but he has another take: “America’s pretty darn great right now.”

Applications for jobless aid rise by 6K, still at low level

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but their numbers remained low enough to suggest that layoffs are rare and the job market is healthy.

Oregon governor signs landmark minimum wage bill into law

Oregon’s governor has signed trailblazing legislation that will raise the minimum wage to nearly $15 in six years and do so through a three-tiered system that has not been tried …

U.S. companies added 214,000 jobs in February, survey shows

U.S. businesses added a healthy 214,000 jobs last month, another sign that the U.S. job market remains resilient despite economic weakness overseas and tumult in financial markets.

Appeals court upholds limit on sharing of tips among workers

Businesses cannot collect tips given to waiters, casino dealers or other service employees to share with support staff such as dishwashers even if the tipped employees are receiving minimum wage, …

Southwest Airlines workers get $620 million profit sharing boost

Southwest Airlines announced a record employee profit share of $620 million for 2015 on Thursday, equivalent to about eight weeks of pay for each eligible employee.

Washington’s average wage increased by 4.2 percent

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

Older workers admit they can’t sit still

Kennard Kapstafer, 78 Job description: The Pediatric Associates of Spokane doctor has been a pediatrician since 1962.

Wal-Mart settles lawsuit by Wash. workers for $35M

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay up to $35 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of 88,000 workers at Washington state stores who were forced to …