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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

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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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 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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THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011

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, NOV. 18, 2011

Slight drop in Idaho joblessness

Employers across Idaho’s economy maintained payrolls at higher levels than typical for October, pushing Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down another two-tenths of a point to 8.8 percent, the lowest level in nearly two years. It was the second straight month that Idaho’s jobless rate...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

Washington jobless rate falls to 9 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to 9 percent — the lowest since March 2009, according to figures released today by the state Employment Security Department. The October rate compares with a revised figure of 9.2 percent for September and 9.4 percent in October...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011


Washington to release August jobs numbers

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington officials are preparing to release details on the state’s employment situation in August. The information from the Employment Security Department on Wednesday comes after recent months showed conflicting signals about the economy. The number of jobs has grown for 11 consecutive...

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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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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 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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Washington unemployment fell in January

The unemployment rate in Washington fell to 9.1 percent in January as businesses added 11,000 workers. The gain, adjusted for seasonality, was the best since November 2007, the Employment Security Department said today. "It's unusual to have job gains in the middle of winter, so...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

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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TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

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