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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, 5:11 p.m.

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, 7:15 p.m.

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, 7:55 p.m.

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, 10:17 a.m.

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, 7:59 p.m.

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, 2:40 p.m.

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, 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: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increases to 5.5% in June

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.5% in June because of a seasonal loss in education jobs.


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%


U.S. adds solid 224,000 jobs; Fed rate cut may be less certain

U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion.


Contractor association: Spokane region third fastest growing construction job market in the country

The Spokane region added 2,600 jobs from May 2018 to May 2019 – an 18% increase –the third-largest percentage gain in construction jobs among metropolitan areas nationwide, according to a …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 5% in May

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5% in May as seasonal construction employment picked up.


Apple plans to add 2,000 jobs in Seattle

Apple plans to add 2,000 software and hardware jobs in Seattle within the next five years, starting with 200 additional jobs this year, company officials said Monday at a news …


May unemployment rate in Washington remains at 4.7%

OLYMPIA – Washington’s state’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent last month. According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, May’s rate remains unchanged from April’s jobless …


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.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Survey: Companies add fewest jobs in 9 years in May

U.S. companies added the fewest jobs in nine years, a private survey found, as manufacturers, construction firms and mining companies cut workers.


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.


U.S. businesses’ job openings fell sharply in February

The number of available jobs in the U.S. fell sharply in February after nearly reaching a record level the previous month, a sign that businesses may pull back a bit …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from President Trump over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a …