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Employers post fewer jobs in November

The number of available jobs fell sharply in November, dropping to 6.8 million, a decline of 7.6% from the October level.


US employment remains strong, 145,000 jobs added in December

U.S. employers downshifted their hiring in December, adding 145,000 jobs as consumer spending appeared to aid gains in the retail and hospitality sectors.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Survey: US companies added 202,000 jobs in December

U.S. companies added 202,000 jobs in December, led by robust hiring in construction, trade, transportation and utilities, according to a private survey.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

‘You’re a part of the community’: Mission43 assists 9/11-era military members and their families

Mission43 is in Idaho – the 43rd state – yet the initiative of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation will stretch across borders to help post 9/11-era military members …


Survey: Businesses added just 67,000 jobs in November

U.S. companies added just 67,000 jobs in November, a private survey found, barely half the gain of the previous month.


U.S. job openings decline in September though remain healthy

U.S. employers advertised fewer open jobs in September compared with the previous month, but the number of available positions remains high by historic standards.


JPMorgan to push to hire more with criminal records

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is announcing an expansion of its policy to hire more people with criminal records, potentially giving more former offenders a second chance to find work.


U.S. job openings slip 1.7% in August as labor market slows

U.S. job openings fell 1.7% in August and hires edged down, bolstering views that the labor market may lose momentum as economic uncertainty and a manufacturing recession squeeze employers.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

U.S. unemployment rate hits a 50-year low even as hiring slows

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, the lowest level in nearly five decades, even though employers appeared to turn more cautious and slowed their hiring.


Survey: Businesses added just 135,000 jobs in September

U.S. companies added a modest 135,000 jobs in September, a private survey found, a sign that hiring is slowing as the trade war takes a toll on the economy and …


U.S. job openings fell 0.4% in July

The number of open U.S. jobs slipped 0.4% in July, while hires climbed slightly, a sign that some employers may be growing cautious amid rising economic uncertainty.


U.S. has 501,000 fewer jobs than first reported

The U.S. job market isn’t quite as strong as originally believed – with revised figures showing that the economy had 501,000 fewer total jobs this March than initially reported.


Sue Lani Madsen: When discrimination is a good thing

With record low unemployment, there’s a place for any qualified worker. The key word is qualified. The challenge is effective – and legal – screening.


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

U.S. worker annual compensation slows slightly through June

The annual wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose in the second quarter at a slightly slower pace than the first, suggesting that the lowest unemployment levels in a half …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019

Idaho’s unemployment rate stays under 3% mark

Idaho recorded a 2.8% unemployment rate for June, marking the 19th consecutive month the rate has stayed below 3%


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

U.S. stocks drop as traders weigh odds for steep Fed rate cut

Technology and health care companies drove U.S. stocks to a lower finish Monday as the market fell for a second straight day following a run of record highs.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019

U.S. employers hired a record number of people in April

U.S. employers hired the most people on record in April, while the number of open jobs was largely unchanged, evidence that the job market remains solid.


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019

U.S. hiring slows sharply as Trump’s trade war hits jobs

Hiring slowed sharply in May, as companies in industries hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war hesitated to bring on new employees.


Global Neighborhood Thrift aims to provide more job training, employment to former refugees through store expansion

Khalid Samir didn’t speak English and lacked connections for landing a job in America. But he was able to find Global Neighborhood, a nonprofit organization that provides a job readiness …


Opportunity knocks: Spokane makes top 10 for median-wage employment without college degrees

More students used to take shop classes, where they learned a trade and could enjoy working with their hands. Today, kids might consider Washington apprenticeship programs – which allow them …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

U.S. job openings jump to nearly 7.5 million in March

U.S. employers advertised almost 7.5 million jobs at the end of March, a solid figure that signals hiring will likely remain strong in the months ahead.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Survey: U.S. businesses are hiring; 275K jobs in April

U.S. companies in April added the most jobs in 9 months, a sign that hiring remains strong amid solid economic growth.


Affirmative action initiative likely to spur local discussions about race, gender in employment and recruiting

The Legislature’s action late Sunday night to overturn a 20-year ban on “affirmative action” policies may cause local school districts, governments and universities to re-evaluate the makeup of their workplaces.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019

Web.com to shut down Spokane office

Internet services and marketing company Web.com is shuttering its Spokane office and laying off 64 employees.


A hot U.S. job market is coaxing people in from the sidelines

The growth in America’s workforce – made up of people either working or looking for work – has helped reverse an alarming consequence of the recession: The exit of millions …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

U.S. job openings jump to record high of 7.3 million

U.S. employers posted the most open jobs in December in the nearly two decades that records have been kept, evidence that the job market is strong despite several challenges facing …


A robust job gain in January shows U.S. economy’s durability

U.S. employers shrugged off last month’s partial shutdown of the government and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019

Spokane metro area employers created 6,200 jobs last year

Education and health care were drivers of job growth in 2018.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019

Spokane City Hall to push employment for applicants with disabilities

The new program will work within the city’s existing civil service rules to match applicants with disabilities to jobs they’re qualified to do. The goal is to serve as an …


More Washington workers could be eligible for overtime under proposed change

Changes to Washington’s overtime rules could significantly boost the number of professional workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay.