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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


Job growth picks up pace

WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy’s recovery is starting to gain traction, as employers added 162,000 non-farm payroll jobs in March, the best job growth since the nation entered a recession …


Idaho jobless rate falls for first time in nearly three years

Idaho employers boosted employment by 2,700 in March, the best monthly gain in six years. The increase was enough to trim the state unemployment rate by 0.1 percentage points, to …


Employers added most jobs in 3 years in March

The nation’s economy posted its largest job gain in three years in March, while the unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent for the third straight month.


Initial jobless claims drop more than expected

New claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week as layoffs ease and hiring slowly recovers.


‘Green’ jobs blossoming in state

OLYMPIA – Washington counted twice as many people working in “green” jobs last year as in 2008. Although changes in the way jobs were counted are responsible for much of …


Senate passes jobless aid legislation

WASHINGTON – The Senate voted Wednesday to extend key pieces of last year’s economic stimulus measure, including help for the jobless and money to help financially strapped states pay for …


Transportation plan passes

The state Legislature has passed an updated state transportation budget that lawmakers say will bankroll thousands of construction jobs.


January job losses up in Spokane County

Washington employment numbers continued to fall in January, although there was a small gain if adjusted for seasonal variation.


Senate approves jobs bill

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Wednesday passed a jobs bill that one senator described as “modest,” but one that Democrats hope will be the first in a series of attempts …


Senate approves tax breaks for new hires

Companies that hire the unemployed would claim new tax breaks under a jobs-promoting bill the Senate passed Wednesday, delivering President Barack Obama and Democrats a much-needed victory.


Five Republicans help send measure to final floor vote

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan jobs bill cleared a GOP filibuster on Monday with critical momentum provided by the Senate’s newest Republican, Scott Brown of Massachusetts. The 62-30 tally to advance …


Reid scales back Senate jobs bill

WASHINGTON – The Senate’s top leader on Thursday abruptly trimmed the size of a job-creation bill from $85 billion to $15 billion, fearing that even with emerging bipartisan support the …


Jobless claims figures raise hopes for recovery

The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week to the lowest total in a month, a sign the job market may be improving.


Job bill gets joint effort

WASHINGTON – In a rare move toward bipartisanship, Senate Democrats worked with Republicans as they prepared Tuesday to unveil an $85 billion jobs bill that would include payroll tax breaks …


Jobless claims, durable goods point to weak growth

Evidence that the economic rebound remains sluggish emerged from reports Thursday on new claims for unemployment aid and orders to U.S. factories.


Obama’s goal: Get agenda moving, people believing

His presidency at a crossroads, President Barack Obama is promising in his first State of the Union address to solve the economic worries foremost on Americans’ minds and become the …


Obama gets voters’ message: It’s jobs, jobs, jobs

Jobs, jobs, jobs. If there’s any path out of the mess President Barack Obama found himself in on the first day of his second year in office, more aggressive promotion …


Rise in jobless claims signals bump in recovery

A surprising jump in first-time claims for unemployment aid sent a painful reminder Thursday that jobs remain scarce six months into the economic recovery.


Retail sales fall unexpectedly; jobless claims up

Retail sales unexpectedly fell in December, leaving 2009 with the biggest yearly drop on record and highlighting the formidable hurdles facing the economy as it struggles to recover from the …


Gregoire wants to create 40,000 jobs

Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to combat the state’s high unemployment rate by drawing new businesses to the state and creating up to 40,000 new jobs this year.


Job openings drop as hiring remains elusive

The competition for jobs is intensifying as companies are reluctant to hire new workers, leaving millions of unemployed Americans chasing fewer job openings.


Service sector growing again, but new jobs are few

A gauge of the U.S. service sector returned to growth last month, aided by the holiday season’s retail sales. The expansion reflected a slowly improving economy — but it was …


Fewer people report feeling satisfied at jobs

WASHINGTON – We can’t get no job satisfaction. Even Americans who are lucky enough to have work in this economy are becoming more unhappy with their jobs, according to a …


Critics say legislation will create more debt than jobs

WASHINGTON – When the Senate takes up a jobs bill later this month or early in February, the debate will center on whether it will create enough jobs to be …


Obama lays out details of jobs plan

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Tuesday presented the broad outlines of a new government effort to spur the creation of jobs, but he left the work of hammering out …


New Obama plans: ‘spend our way out’ of downturn

President Barack Obama outlined new multibillion-dollar stimulus and jobs proposals Tuesday, saying the nation must continue to “spend our way out of this recession” until more Americans are back at …


Obama turns to leftover bailout funds for jobs help

WASHINGTON – Under heavy pressure to get Americans back to work, President Barack Obama on Monday suggested using a newly available pot of money left over from the government’s bank …


Obama: Jobs plan will ‘jump-start’ hiring

Even as he trumpeted a slowdown in the nation’s job losses Friday, President Barack Obama put finishing touches on a proposal he’ll unveil next week to “jump-start” business hiring across …


Democrats may tap bailout funds for jobs

WASHINGTON – Democrats are looking to tap as much as $70 billion in unused funds from the Wall Street bailout to pay for new spending on roads and bridges and …