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The fastest-growing occupation in Spokane County is not in health care or green technology. It can’t be found in casinos or computer labs. It’s security guard – one of the few bright spots in job growth, thanks in part to a bad economy.
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 “exhaustee.” She’s been out of work for 27 months. Her search for a job lasted longer than her unemployment benefits. She’s cobbling together an existence from government programs, but what she wants is a job as a medical assistant – something she trained to do, graduating Nov. 30 with honors from a 10-month program.
Two visions for the Spokane County Courthouse collided this week at a security scanner. County commissioners learned Tuesday that a half-million-dollar remodeling project placed a door on the wrong side of a security station.
Publicly traded Texas company SolarWinds on Wednesday completed its purchase of Post Falls technology firm TriGeo Network Security for $35 million. TriGeo was founded by CEO and President Michelle Dickman in 2001. Dickman, the majority shareholder in TriGeo, will not remain in those positions.
Local law enforcement is preparing for this weekend’s Hoopfest, one of Spokane’s largest events. Spokane police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said she can’t comment on specific safety measures being taken, but said police will be in downtown Spokane in full force.
Spokane City Hall will be watched by at least one security guard 11 hours a day starting next month. The decision, officials say, is the result of a few incidents in recent years when employees felt threatened by visitors, including one involving a man who slammed a hatchet down on its side during an outburst in a meeting with the city’s police ombudsman.
Fairchild Air Force Base has raised its security level a notch as part of a worldwide alert for U.S. military and diplomatic bases. Base representatives said there is no specific threat to Fairchild as a result of Sunday’s fatal assault on Osama bin Laden. As a precaution, though, the base’s “force protection condition” went from Alpha to Bravo.
Oh no! He’s back with another number-infested column about that most scintillating of topics: the federal budget. Bet his idea of a good time is a bowl of soup and an evening with C-SPAN. You know, I could do a Charlie Sheen-like rant, but I see that his road show was just canceled. So I figure America is finally coming to its senses and is ready for a serious discussion.
Washington’s unemployment rate climbed in March despite a gain of 1,110 jobs, the Employment Security Department said Wednesday. The March unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, a notch higher than the 9.1 percent reported for February.
The unemployment rate in Washington fell to 9.1 percent in January as businesses added 11,000 workers, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday. But the gain was the result of a seasonal adjustment, said department labor economist Dave Wallace. Unadjusted, he said, employers shed 47,100 jobs. The decline is typical – particularly in retailing – after Christmas, he said.