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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, 4:36 p.m.

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, 4:29 p.m.

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, 4:54 p.m.

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, 7:47 p.m.

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, 8:20 p.m.

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, 5:17 p.m.

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, 3:46 p.m.

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, 8:22 p.m.

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, 5:16 p.m.

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, 8:02 p.m.

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, 9:41 p.m.

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.


Older workers get wiser: More Americans are delaying retirement, but finding jobs later in life isn’t so easy

A growing share of baby boomers is opting to work well into what traditionally would be their retirement years, but the challenges of remaining employed or re-entering the workforce at …


Center works to fill 6,000 unfilled skilled jobs

There are nearly 6,000 unfilled STEM jobs in Idaho, but Angela Hemingway, executive director of the Idaho STEM Action Center, and her staff are working to reduce that number – …


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Trade war hangs over U.S. job market set for more gains in June

President Donald Trump’s global trade war is posing a growing risk to the kind of robust job gains that the U.S. probably enjoyed again in June.


Regional ‘job hub’ could supply workforce for massive warehouse planned west of Spokane

The Spokane area’s labor market could meet the demand for employees at a massive warehouse planned near the airport. The area is a “job hub,” attracting workers from parts of …


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 8:57 a.m.

Survey: U.S. businesses add a healthy 241,000 jobs in March

U.S. companies hired 241,000 new workers in March, a solid total that suggests the already-low unemployment rate may be headed lower in the coming months.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Washington House votes to ‘Ban the Box’

Washington employers wouldn’t be able to have a prospective workers fill out an application that asks if they’ve been arrested under a bill approved Wednesday by the House.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 6:41 a.m.

Spokane City Council may ban businesses from asking for job seekers’ criminal backgrounds on applications

Three years after eliminating the question about criminal history from applications for jobs at City Hall, lawmakers are proposing a measure that would extend to all employers within city limits. …


Toys R Us revs up for holiday hiring

Toys R Us may have filed for Chapter 11 reorganization this week, but the toy chain is revving up its holiday hiring.


Amazon to bring another 1,000 jobs to Oregon

Amazon has announced plans for a third Oregon fulfillment center.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 5:40 p.m.

Postings of U.S. job openings hit record high in July

Openings edged up 0.9 percent from June to 6.2 million, the highest on records dating to 2000, the Labor Department said Tuesday.


The Gig Economy is big and here to stay: How workers survive and thrive

Experts differ on exactly how large the Gig Economy is, but there is consensus that the Gig Economy is growing faster than traditional employment. And it is here to stay.