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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

U.S. open jobs fall sharply for second straight month

U.S. businesses sharply cut the number of jobs they advertised in December for the second straight month, an unusual sign of weakness in an otherwise healthy job market.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

US economy adds 225K jobs as job seekers grow

Hiring jumped last month as U.S. employers added a robust 225,000 jobs, bolstering an economy that faces threats from China’s viral outbreak, an ongoing trade war and struggles at Boeing.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Amazon’s big Bellevue ambition: 15,000 employees within a few years

Amazon said it expects to have at least 15,000 employees in Bellevue in the next few years as the company expands from its Seattle headquarters to tap the Eastside labor …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Survey: US companies added 291,000 jobs in January

U.S. companies added 291,000 jobs in January, a big increase from December, but much of that strength likely reflected unusually warm weather during the month.

Amazon is big … really, really big; workforce hits 500K

Amazon says it now employs more than 500,000 people in the U.S., another sign of the online shopping giant’s rapid growth.

Post-It notes maker 3M cutting about 1,500 jobs

A profound slump in manufacturing and a trade war that has slowed economic growth in China has led to a second round of layoffs at 3M.

Washington unemployment rate for December was 4.3 %

OLYMPIA – Washington state’s December unemployment rate dipped to 4.3 %. According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, December’s rate was down from November’s rate of 4.4 …

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.

Boeing travails begin to ripple, 2,800 jobs lost in Kansas

Problems for Boeing and its troubled 737 Max aircraft are beginning to ripple outward with a major supplier announcing that it will lay off more than 20% of its workforce …

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: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Amazon to double holiday hiring to 200,000

Amazon plans to hire 200,000 people for the busy holiday shopping season, double the number of workers it hired a year ago.

Washington unemployment rate for October was 4.5 percent

According to numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department, October’s rate was down from September’s rate of 4.6 percent.

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.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

Snow jobs: In tight labor market, ski areas up the ante

In the tight labor market, ski areas across the country are having an even tougher time hiring seasonal workers so they’re upping the ante.

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 …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spokane County unemployment rate increases slightly in August to 5.6%

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.6% in August over the prior month, spurred mostly by a continued seasonal decline in education jobs.

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.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Amazon plans to open fulfillment center on West Plains by mid-2020

Amazon plans to open its fulfillment center on the West Plains by mid-2020, with hiring to begin two months prior to completion of the project, according to an Amazon spokeswoman.

UPS plans to hold holiday hiring steady at about 100,000

DALLAS – UPS said Monday it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more to handle the avalanche of packages shipped between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That’s about …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Looking to hire 30,000, Amazon plans nationwide job fairs

Amazon is looking to fill more than 30,000 vacant jobs by early next year, and is holding job fairs across the country next week to find candidates.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019

Contractors group reports 80% of construction firms in the Washington experience difficulty recruiting skilled workers

Associated General Contractors of America, which surveyed 2,000 construction firms nationwide, found 80% of contractors in Washington reported difficulty in finding qualified employees for hourly positions. The shortage also is …

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.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increases slightly in July to 5.6%

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in July over the prior month because of a seasonal drop in education and firefighting jobs.

California’s 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

California’s unemployment rate has again fallen to an historic low of 4.1% as the world’s fifth-largest economy continues to add jobs following the Great Recession.

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: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

Richer U.S. households fueling a hot job sector: ‘wealth work’

A rising number of American workers may be feeling nearly as dazzled on the job. One of the fastest-growing job categories of the past decade has been in what David …