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Wash. firms to avoid $300M in unemployment insurance hikes

OLYMPIA – In a legislative session marked by economic uncertainty, Washington businesses got one bit of certainty very early on: a change in the unemployment insurance system that should keep …


Idaho to refinance jobless debt to feds, saving employers $167M

BOISE – Idaho employers will save $167 million in the next three years, thanks to new legislation this year that will finance the state’s unemployment fund debt to the federal …


Summer internship a dream for outdoor enthusiasts

A student summer-job position has perks sure to get an outdoor enthusiast’s attention, including $2,000 worth of top-quality outdoor gear, a $2,500 stipend and expenses-paid backcountry trips in multiple states. …


Smart Bombs: On jobless benefits, lawmakers have it backward

It’s fascinating to watch the shift in emphasis on jobs and the economy in the past few months. During the fall campaigns, the narrative was a paucity of jobs and …


Jobless rate dips to 8.9%, nearly a 2-year low

Employers hired in February at the fastest pace in almost a year, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent — a nearly two-year low.


FAA bill touted as local job generator

The U.S. Senate’s newly passed bill to modernize airports is being hailed a jobs measure that could create 2,200 jobs in Spokane County over six years. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., …


1,200 turn out for Spokane parks job fair

Applicants for the 200 to 250 seasonal jobs at Riverfront Park and other Spokane parks and pools so jammed the lobby of the IMAX on Sunday that the theater was …


Caldwell: Unemployment problems not going to just fade away

At the rate employers added workers in January, the last person who wants a job but cannot get one will begin drawing a paycheck sometime in the year 2396. Unless …


Unemployment falls to 9%, nearly a 2-year low

The unemployment rate is sinking at the fastest pace in half a century because a surprisingly large number of people say they’re finding work.


Jobless rate down nationwide

WASHINGTON – The unemployment rate fell or stayed the same in December in two-thirds of the nation’s largest metro areas, fresh evidence that employers are slowly adding jobs. The Labor …


Spokane County employment edges up

Employment in Spokane County rebounded last year, but remains substantially below the peak reached in 2008. The same was true for all of Washington, according to figures released Wednesday by …


Washington jobless rate creeps up in December

Washington added an estimated 2,100 jobs in December, with the manufacturing and retail sectors leading hiring. Still, the estimated unemployment rate increased slightly from 9.2 percent to 9.3 percent, the …


Search for that next job strategically

For thousands of folks out of work in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, the topmost goal on their to-do list is landing a job. The good news is 2011 will …


Job competition prompts attention to appearance

CHICAGO — Charlotte Doyle hit the gym two hours a day, embraced the latest fashions and made sure that not a strand of gray peeked through her thick blond hair. …


December jobs report points to slow, steady growth

The nation’s economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months.


Jobs saved in Shared-Work Program

Washington’s Shared-Work Program kept 32,000 workers on the job in 2010, a record and up by 10,000 from 2009, the Employment Security Department said Thursday. The department estimated the program …


Jobs remain key factor in 2011 housing outlook

The big wild card in the 2011 housing forecast remains employment. Will the predicted improvement in jobs and household formation balance the negative perceptions brought by rising foreclosure rates and …


Unemployment benefit applications drop sharply

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest point in nearly two and a half years, a sign that the job market is slowly improving.


Graduate’s job marries her two majors

In May, 22-year-old Danika Heatherly earned her journalism and marketing degrees from Whitworth University. Like other journalism graduates, her inbox was not crowded with job offers. In a Spokesman-Review article …


Jobless rate up in county; steady in state

Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in November despite an increase in jobs. New jobs in health care and hospitality were augmented by earlier than usual winter recreation …


Spokane job numbers up, but so is unemployment

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased to 8.4 percent in November despite an increase in jobs.


Jobless rate rises to 9.8 percent as job growth slows

The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent in November, a seven-month high, as hiring slowed.


Holidays time for survival as jobless benefits run out

Shawn Slonsky’s children know by now not to give him Christmas lists filled with the latest gizmos. The 44-year-old union electrician is one of nearly 2 million Americans whose extended …


Idaho job data has bright spot

Employment in most North Idaho counties fell last month, with Boundary County the notable exception. The Idaho Department of Labor on Friday released a county-by-county breakdown of employment statistics, having …


Jobless rate eases in Spokane County

The unemployment rate in Spokane County slipped to 7.8 percent in October, the lowest rate in almost two years. The number of employed rose to 220,210, up from 216,960 in …


Local recovery slow going

The economic recovery will grind slowly forward next year, extending this year’s modest improvements but not breaking out strongly enough to significantly affect unemployment and household income, economists John Mitchell …


Hiring spurt in October eases jobs crisis a bit

The jobs crisis eased a bit in October as companies stepped up hiring, suggesting further gains ahead. Still, hiring remains far too weak to drive down unemployment, now stuck at …


Shrinking rate of joblessness tied to schools

The unemployment rate in Spokane County fell to 8.2 percent in September as educators headed back to classrooms. Doug Tweedy, regional labor economist for the Washington Employment Security Department, said …


Editorial: Safety, jobs referendum a bad path to good end

From its inception, Referendum 52 has suffered from severe identity crisis. The Legislature called it the “Jobs Bill” and claimed it would put people to work “in every corner of …


Economy loses 95,000 jobs due to government layoffs

A wave of government layoffs in September outpaced weak hiring in the private sector, pushing down the nation’s payrolls by a net total of 95,000 jobs.