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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: Thu., April 18, 2019

U.S. claims for unemployment aid hit lowest level since 1969

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century.


Applications for jobless aid fall to lowest in 50 years

The number of people applying for unemployment aid fell last week to its lowest level in nearly five decades, solid evidence that the job market is healthy and layoffs scarce.


Applications for U.S. unemployment aid fall to 49-year low

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fall to lowest level in five decades.


Veterans, discharged and jobless, seek hiring-rules changes

Military veterans who were discharged for relatively minor offenses say they often can’t get jobs, and they hope a recent warning to employers by the state of Connecticut will change …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018

Washington unemployment rate at 4.8 percent

Washington’s jobless rate increased slightly as the state added 3,900 jobs last month.


U.S. weekly requests for jobless aid fall to a low of 229,000

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, close to historical lows in a sign that the job market is healthy.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

U.S. weekly requests for jobless aid down 12,000 to 232,000

Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.


U.S. jobless aid requests up 3,000 to 244,000

More Americans applied for jobless aid last week. Despite the small increase, the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.


U.S. weekly requests for jobless aid fall to 247,000

Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits has stayed near historic lows pointing to a robust job market.


Washington state unemployment rate lowest since the Great Recession

Washington state’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.3 percent last month and the state added 3,600 jobs. November’s unemployment rate was the lowest since June 2008.


Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits were down last week

Slightly fewer people filed for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign the American job market remains healthy.


Applications for jobless aid rise to still-low 266,000

WASHINGTON – More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, but the number of applications was still at a low level that suggested hiring is healthy.


Applications for unemployment aid fall to 5-month low

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level since October, evidence that employers are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their …


Washington unemployment rate static in January

Washington added 12,800 new jobs while the unemployment remained at 5.8 percent in January, the same as the rate for December.


Idaho unemployment dropped to 4 percent in October

Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent in October amid growth in the construction and retail sectors, according to the state Department of Labor. The state’s unemployment rate was 4.2 …


Spokane jobless rate drops to 6 percent

The unemployment rate for Spokane County fell to 6 percent in April. It was 6.6 percent in April 2014.


Idaho reports seven-year low in jobless rate; Washington rises slightly

There was good news in employment in both Washington and Idaho this week. Idaho finished 2014 with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent in December, which represents a seven-year low, …


Spokane County unemployment rose in February to 8.7 percent

Spokane County’s jobless rate was 8.7 percent in February, the state reported Tuesday. That’s up from January’s unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, yet still below the February 2013 rate of …


Washington loses 9,500 jobs in September, October

OLYMPIA – Washington state’s unemployment rate was relatively constant over the past two months, but the state saw an estimated loss of 9,500 jobs over the same period, according to …


Washington jobless rate increase two months in a row

OLYMPIA – Washington’s unemployment rate increased slightly for the second straight month even as the state added an estimated 5,300 jobs from July to August, officials with the Employment Security …


Spokane unemployment at 8.1 percent

Spokane County’s jobless rate climbed back above 8 percent in July, in large part because of area teachers and school staff not working during the summer. The unemployment rate was …


Jobless benefits being cut

OLYMPIA – Washington’s long-term unemployment benefits will decrease by nine weeks next month, state officials announced Wednesday. Officials with the Employment Security Department said the decrease was triggered because the …


State gains 9,800 jobs in June

OLYMPIA – Washington state had an estimated net gain of 9,800 jobs from May to June, while the state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.8 percent, officials with the Employment …


State’s jobless rate dips to 6.8 percent

Washington’s unemployment rate in May fell to 6.8 percent, the lowest since November 2008, according to the Employment Security Department. The report said the number of unemployed workers in the …


State unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Washington’s jobless rate in March fell to 7.3 percent, the lowest monthly rate since December 2008. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been stuck at 7.5 percent for the …


More jobs recovered; jobless rate the same

Washington’s statewide jobless rate in February remained 7.5 percent, the third month in a row at that level, the Employment Security Department reported Wednesday. Overall, the state added roughly 4,000 …


Unemployment rate holds steady in state

Preliminary figures show that Washington gained an unexpectedly strong 24,100 payroll jobs in January, but state economists are skeptical job growth was really that strong. The jobs figure likely will …


Jobless benefits may change

Unemployment benefits may be changed as Washington’s jobless rate improves. The maximum weeks of benefits will likely be reduced from 99 to 73 by the middle of April. The extended …


Washington jobless rate falls to 8.3 percent

Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in January as 13,200 jobs were created. The improved jobless numbers were led by stronger hiring in professional and business services, retail trade, …