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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013

Census: Number of Spokane businesses dropped 

Spokane County had fewer businesses in 2011 than it did in pre-recession 2007, new Census figures show. Annual payroll was down and the number of businesses in all size categories had fallen — except one. That category is businesses with more than 1,000 employees. There...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2012

Idaho jobless rate falls to 7.1% 

The unemployment rate in Idaho fell to 7.1 percent in September, the lowest rate since May 2009 and down from 7.4 percent in August. But the state also has seen its labor force shrink four straight months, including the first August-September decline since the 1986...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

Washington jobless rate at 8.7%, lowest since 2009

OLYMPIA — Private-sector job growth has pushed Washington’s unemployment rate to the lowest point since February 2009, officials said today. The Employment Security Department said the drop to 8.7 percent unemployment in November came with the state adding 12,100 jobs. The jobless rate was down...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Spokane County jobless rate 8.3% in October

Seasonal hiring of educators and retail workers helped push Spokane County’s unemployment rate down last month. It fell to 8.3 percent in October, down from September’s revised rate of 8.4 percent. It’s the lowest rate so far this year but remains high than in October...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011

FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

Employment picture not improving in N. Idaho 

The Idaho Labor Department today released the July unemployment numbers, and the news is not encouraging in North Idaho. Four of the five counties in the panhandle saw the unemployment rate go up last month, and the rate remained the same in the fifth: Kootenai...

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THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

Fewer people sought unemployment aid last week 

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in seven weeks, although applications remain elevated, the Associated Press reports. The Labor Department said today that applications for benefits dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000. The four-week...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

Builders start more homes but pace still slow

WASHINGTON — Builders broke ground on more new homes in May, but not enough to signal a recovery in the troubled housing market. Home construction rose 3.5 percent from April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 560,000 units per year, the Commerce Department said...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011

Idaho tax revenue beats expectations

Idaho’s January tax revenue likely beat forecasts by about $15 million. The news, which indicates the economy could be picking up steam, may help mitigate concerns that arose last week about a yawning $185 million budget hole. Division of Financial Management director Wayne Hammon confirmed...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011

Joblessness creeps up in December

Washington added an estimated 2,100 jobs in December, with the manufacturing and retail sectors leading hiring. Still, the estimated unemployment rate increased slightly from 9.2 percent to 9.3 percent, the state reported this morning. Job numbers and the unemployment rate are derived from separate surveys....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

Idaho unemployment rises to 9.5 percent

The Idaho Department of Labor says the state’s December unemployment rate was higher than the national average for the first time in nearly a decade. Idaho’s projected seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December rose for the fifth straight month to 9.5 percent, leaving 71,900 workers...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5, 2011


TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2010

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010

Full economic recovery still years off

The economic recovery is on the horizon, but it will take four years or longer to erase the stain of the recession, an economist and a marketing professional told business and community leaders in Spokane this morning.“I’m reasonably, vaguely optimistic” the Inland Northwest is headed...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.