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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.
Employment in Spokane County rebounded last year, but remains substantially below the peak reached in 2008. The same was true for all of Washington, according to figures released Wednesday by the Washington Employment Security Department.
While legislators find their seats, Gov. Chris Gregoire remained center stage last week in Olympia, announcing proposals that would restructure education oversight, alter ferry system management, and amend the state’s unemployment and workers’ compensation programs. Not a bad week’s work.
Washington’s Shared-Work Program kept 32,000 workers on the job in 2010, a record and up by 10,000 from 2009, the Employment Security Department said Thursday. The department estimated the program cost the state $35 million but saved about $34 million.
Gov. Chris Gregoire on Tuesday said she will ask Washington lawmakers to approve bills that would save businesses and employees $300 million this year and more than $1 billion over the next four years. One measure that must be approved before Feb. 8 would stop, or in many cases reverse, 2011 unemployment insurance tax increases set to average 36 percent.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Facebook is the latest hot spot for swindlers in search of new victims. And the world’s most popular social-networking website can be a gold mine for such crooks, experts say.
The White House is trying to reassure Americans that it is closely monitoring terror threats this Christmas, even as it acknowledges that the nation’s top intelligence official was not briefed on a terror plot in Britain.
Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in November despite an increase in jobs. New jobs in health care and hospitality were augmented by earlier than usual winter recreation hires, said state Employment Security Department labor analyst Doug Tweedy.
Brushing past Democratic opposition, President Barack Obama announced agreement with Republicans tonight on a plan to extend expiring income tax cuts for all Americans, renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and grant a one-year reduction in Social Security taxes.
Delays at the Spokane airport as well as nationally were minimal Wednesday despite a planned national protest of heightened airport security measures. “It would have taken longer to protest than just do it,” said 23-year-old Steve Graves, who arrived in Spokane from Salt Lake City. He was randomly chosen for a full-body scan. “We probably would have missed our flight.”
Delays at the Spokane airport as well as nationally were minimal today despite a planned national protest of heightened airport security measures.