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New jobless claims in Washington, Spokane County rise

New jobless claims in the state and Spokane County slightly increased last week as seasonal layoffs occurred in the agriculture, construction and specialty trade industries, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Fewer Idaho residents file unemployment claims

The number of Idaho residents applying for unemployment dropped by 10 percent last week, officials said Thursday, but layoffs are continuing to run high due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Initial jobless claims down last week in Washington, Spokane

The number of people filing for unemployment insurance for the first time was down 11% in Washington last week with initial claims in Spokane County down 20%, according to the Washington state Employment Security Department.

1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

Gone for good? Evidence signals many jobs aren’t coming back

Stark evidence of the damage the resurgent viral outbreak has caused the U.S. economy could come Friday when the government is expected to report that the pace of hiring has slowed significantly after a brief rebound in the spring.

Survey: U.S. companies cut back sharply on hiring in July

U.S. businesses sharply reduced hiring last month, suggesting that resurgent COVID-19 infections slowed the economic recovery as many states closed parts of their economies again and consumers remained cautious about spending.

Employers require COVID liability waivers as conflict mounts over workplace safety

As employers in California and across the country ask employees to return to the workplace, many have considered and some are requiring employees to sign similar waivers, employment lawyers say. And many employees, mostly lower-wage and minority workers in essential jobs, are calling lawyers to complain about the waivers.