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Nationwide and close to home, poverty tightens its grip

U.S. Census Bureau data reflect what everyone knows: The recession that persisted in 2009 bit into pay and benefits, and cut jobs. Poverty rates rose and food stamps were issued …


Initial claims for unemployment aid rise to 465K

The tally of newly laid-off workers requesting unemployment benefits rose last week after four weeks of flat or declining figures.


Spokane work force adds 3,300 in August

New employment numbers show encouraging signs in Spokane County. Total employment in the county jumped by 3,300 people from July to August. In addition, there were 450 more people employed …


Spokane adds thousands of jobs

Employment in Spokane County jumped by more than 3,300 in August, dropping the unemployment rate to 8.6 percent from 8.8 pecent in July, and August 2009.


How adults handle economic hardship can indelibly mark children

Emily Rawls, 24, started at the University of Idaho in 2004, and her major and minor – interior design and architecture – matched a marketplace need. Housing was boom town.


Companies add 67K workers, but jobless rate rises

Private employers hired more workers over the past three month than first thought, lifting hopes for the weak economy. But the unemployment rate rose in August for the first time …


Vestal: Entry-level jobs highly desired

At his new job, 47-year-old Scott J. Smith does all the rookie stuff: janitor work, mowing grass, unclogging pipes and drains. “It’s definitely a hands-dirty type of job,” said Smith. …


Spokane adds jobs in private sector

Spokane County’s July unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.6 percent, the Employment Security Department said Tuesday. That’s also the exact rate from 12 months ago, said Washington regional labor economist …


Private hiring picks up, but little change overall

Washington’s private sector picked up 3,100 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate fell for the fourth consecutive month, to 8.9 percent, state officials said this morning.


Obama to campaign for Murray Tuesday in Seattle

President Barack Obama plans to stop in Seattle on Tuesday to campaign for Sen. Patty Murray.


Rossi still disputes job-saving measure

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi, in Vancouver to speak to the local Tea Party organization, said he still opposes a $26 billion bill pushed toward passage by his Democratic …


Washington state avoids special session

OLYMPIA – With Congress poised to approve $26 billion for Medicaid and school funding, Washington state will dodge the need for a special legislative session or immediate across-the-board spending cuts, …


Unemployment rate falls in Spokane, statewide

The unemployment rate in Spokane County dropped more than half a point in June, and statewide joblessness is back down to where it stood a year ago, state officials said …


Jobs report shows economic rebound may be stalling

A weak June jobs report offered the latest evidence that the economic recovery is slowing. Employers cut 125,000 jobs last month, the most since October, the Labor Department said Friday.


Business update: Data suggest recovery is fizzling

Fears that the economic recovery is fizzling grew Thursday after the government and private sector issued weak reports on a number of fronts. Unemployment claims are up, home sales are …


New claims for jobless benefits rise sharply

The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped last week after three straight declines, another sign that the pace of layoffs has not slowed.


Spokane-area unemployment slips despite job losses

Employment in Washington increased in May, but only because 9,000 workers were hired to help conduct the 2010 Census.


Idaho unemployment rate posts modest decline

The state Department of Labor says the unemployment rate posted a decline for the third month in a row, falling to 9 percent as Idaho employers took on more workers.


Unemployment drops in 90 percent of metro areas

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in April for more than 90 percent of the nation’s 372 largest metro areas as hiring picked up around the country.


Spenser Williams, 21

Spenser Williams graduated this spring from Gonzaga University with a degree in math and economics. This past year he had a paid internship with Avista Utilities, working on power analysis. …


No sugarcoating Spokane’s ‘dismal’ budget

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Wednesday outlined a grim budget proposal for 2011 that would eliminate 18.5 police jobs and nine firefighter positions and make city services available just four …


Verner proposes cutting 44 city jobs in 2011

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner told the City Council Wednesday that she plans to eliminate 41 city jobs next year, including 18 police officers and 9 Fire Department employees.


Gregoire, Murray boost Boeing in tanker bid

MUKILTEO, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire and Sen. Patty Murray said today that an estimated 11,000 jobs in Washington will be saved or created if Boeing Co. wins the Air …


Jobless rates falling in Idaho

Idaho’s unemployment rate fell last month by the largest amount since 1983, propelled by a surge in hiring across most industries, the state said in a news release today.


Home sales rise as unemployment claims fall

Home sales rose sharply last month and claims for jobless benefits fell last week. The two reports Thursday sketched a picture of a modestly improving economy.


$18 billion jobless benefits bill goes to Obama

Congress is sending President Barack Obama an $18 billion bill to restore unemployment benefits for people who have been out of a job for months and resume full Medicare payments …


Bernanke confident on recovery; warns on deficit

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress today that he has confidence the unfolding economic recovery will have staying power, although it won’t be strong enough to bring quick relief …


Jobless rate dips in Spokane County

More people found work in the Spokane area last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 10.5 percent. It was 11.3 percent in February, and stood at 9.7 percent one …


Extension of jobless benefits clears GOP roadblock

Democrats in the Senate won an initial skirmish Monday to restore unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of jobless people despite Republican criticism that it would add $9 billion to …


Statistics point to economic recovery; jobseekers still in wait

JoAnn Thomas is at the front of a wave. But she feels more like it’s about to crash into her. Next week, Thomas’ final unemployment