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MILWAUKEE — Please, please accept a high-paying job with us. In fact, just swing by for an interview and we’ll give you a chance to win cash and prizes. Sounds too good to be true, especially in an economy riddled with job cuts in nearly every industry. But applicants for nursing jobs are still so scarce that recruiters have been forced to get increasingly inventive.
NEW YORK – Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer whose gaunt appearance in the past year has alarmed the Mac and iPod lovers who look to him as an oracle, said Monday he has an easily treated hormone imbalance and will remain in charge of the company. The news sent Apple stock up more than 4 percent on a down day for much of the market. But Jobs did not say whether the problem was related to the cancer, and some analysts said the health watch may not be over.
BOISE – Forty-two thousand Idaho workers will get raises Thursday when the federal minimum wage increases to $6.55 per hour. The change will affect 5,130 workers in the Panhandle and 2,800 in north-central Idaho. But the raise will help no one in Washington, where the $8.07-an-hour minimum wage – the highest in the nation – is well above the new federal level.
OLYMPIA – OK, so your kid put off trying to find a summer job, and now it looks like it's too late. Take heart, says the state Employment Security Department, which says its "Worksource" offices can help. More and more teens, the agency says, simply aren't looking for work.
Jobs Plus Inc. on Wednesday celebrated another successful year of company recruitment that kept the Kootenai County economy moving against headwinds created by the national slowdown. The economic development organization attracted companies that added 238 jobs, said Jobs Plus President Steve Griffitts, including a Denmark-based maker of allergy products he hopes will encourage more biotechnology companies to consider the county.
Not too long ago, Jobs Plus used a three-pronged approach for pitching Kootenai County's merits to companies contemplating moving here: Quality of life, available workers and affordable housing. North Idaho's pine-covered hills and deep-water lakes haven't changed, but the labor market and housing prices have. With unemployment rates at a record-low 2.5 percent and $130,000 homes a distant memory, the area is less attractive to firms thinking of moving to the area.
Kathy Belisle wants her 16-year-old and 17-year-old to develop a work ethic and earn their own spending money. But when she looked at the activities penciled into the family's calendar, Belisle knew that neither her daughter nor son could apply for jobs this summer. In late June, she and her husband took the kids to the Midwest for four weeks, visiting Belisle's parents in rural Kansas. When the family returned to Spokane, 16-year-old Jessica had driver's ed classes and volleyball camp. Seventeen-year-old Andrew is headed to Greece and Italy later this month with his senior class.
Cabela's, a destination sporting goods store that's being built in Post Falls, is in the midst of hiring 250 people for jobs that the company says provide competitive wages and benefits including a matching 401(k) plan. "I thought the package was really exceptional, especially for our area," said Pam Houser, president and CEO of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce.