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Lawmakers tackle robust jobs package

WASHINGTON – Troubled by the rising jobless rate, President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority in Congress are assembling a new jobs package that would devote billions of dollars to …


Spokane jobless rate drops to 7.9 percent

Spokane County employers hired more than 3,000 workers in October, lifting total employment numbers to the highest level since February, and pushing the unemployment rate to the lowest level since …


Obama announces forum on growth, jobs creation

WASHINGTON – With economic and political concerns rising as the unemployment rate has broken double digits, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced he will hold a high-level forum at the …


Locally, part-time jobs easier to come by

The majority of jobs being filled in the Inland Northwest are part-time positions. Employers are shying away from committing benefits and full-time salaries when the economic forecast remains clouded, said …


Idaho jobless rate at 8.9 percent

The unemployment rate in October rose to 8.9 percent in Idaho and 11.1 percent in Kootenai County. In some rural corners of North Idaho, one in five working-age persons is …


Fed again pledges to hold rates at record-lows

The Federal Reserve pledged Wednesday to keep a key interest rate at a record low for an “extended period,” in a sign that the economy is growing but remains deeply …


It may be messy, but it’s a job

Some of the dirtiest, smelliest, most dangerous jobs are suddenly looking a lot more appealing in this economy. People who have been out of work for months are lining up …


Idaho jobless rate jumps to 26-year high

Idaho’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.8 percent in July, and to 10.3 percent in Coeur d’Alene, according to state Labor Department statistics released today. The state rate was the highest …


Minnick: Jobs are No. 1 priority

BOISE – Idaho’s freshman U.S. Congressman Walt Minnick says in seven months in office he’s become convinced that creating new jobs in Idaho is the most pressing issue he can …


Everybody, into the pool!

In this high-unemployment summer, lifeguard jobs are swimming against the current. Carl Strong, 29, aquatics supervisor for the city of Spokane, still needs 15 to 30 more lifeguards, as well …


Jobs number improves slightly in Spokane

Unemployment fell slightly in Spokane County in May as 2,470 workers found jobs, according to a report released today by the Washington Employment Security Department. The rate fell to 9.1 …


New jobs in renewable energy outpacing national average

NEW YORK – The fledgling renewable energy industry has grown steadily over much of the past decade, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate, according to a Pew …


A few bright spots emerge in tough national job market

WASHINGTON — Signs of stabilization in the job market are emerging, according to several private surveys, as restaurants, mortgage servicers and health centers step up hiring. About a quarter of …


Federal infusion is boon for laborers

In North Idaho’s recession-plagued Silver Valley, there’ll be an extra 70 high-paying seasonal jobs this summer removing and replacing lead-contaminated soil as part of the Bunker Hill cleanup, thanks to …


Idaho wildland agencies need volunteers

Will Cline says “I have a problem with just sitting in the living room,” and that explains, to some extent, why the 81-year old Coeur d’Alene resident has been a …


Idaho jobless rate at 20-year high

The number of unemployed workers in Idaho rose above 7 percent in March for the first time in more than 20 years. Idaho’s economy hasn’t lost jobs between February and …


Hanford contractors announce hiring plans

Hanford contractors say they are making quick work of identifying candidates for at least 600 positions they expect to fill in about the next six weeks with federal money to …


Loan could land airport business

Spokane airport officials are seeking a state loan of almost $4 million to help a Western Washington airplane painting company set up shop here. Everett-based Associated Painters Inc. would lease …


The market’s tough for would-be teachers

Carrie Palmateer has attended the Washington Educators Career Fair held in Spokane each spring for the past four years. She still hasn’t landed a teaching job.


Thinning project will create 55 jobs

COEUR D’ALENE – More than $2 million in federal stimulus funding will be used to thin trees in four North Idaho counties, restoring the ecosystem and lowering the risk of …


Fewer Mexicans leaving to seek jobs

MEXICO CITY – Migration from Mexico, mainly to the United States, has fallen dramatically as fewer Mexicans leave their country to look for work abroad amid a global economic downturn, …


Economic boost to aid construction, data entry

SAN FRANCISCO – From upgrading the electricity grid to rebuilding bridges to computerizing medical records, there are plenty of ways the economic-stimulus bill aims to prop up the economy and …


Customs bureau looking to fill 11,000 positions

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is preparing to fill 11,000 positions nationally this year and Blaine, Wash., is one of 15 locations across the country hosting a “National Career Day” …


Senators push ‘green jobs’ plan

OLYMPIA – Echoing plans in the other Washington, Senate Democrats in Olympia detailed their plans Tuesday to combine “green jobs” with a renewed push for conservation and alternative sources of …


Job openings in Washington decline 32 percent

The state Employment Security Department says job vacancies in Washington fell 32 percent in six months.


Unemployment hits 7.1 percent in state

Job losses in Washington accelerated in December, bringing 2008 to a close with unemployment at 7.1 percent, the highest rate in more than five years. Information from the Employment Security …


Gregoire outlines plan to ‘be ready for a new economy’

OLYMPIA – Calling it “our time to show courage,” Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday urged Washington lawmakers to back her plan to create 20,000 jobs, boost unemployment benefits and use …


Democrats near on stimulus package

WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats are putting the final touches on an economic stimulus package that will cost almost $850 billion, hoping to have the details of the legislation ready in …


State Senate Democrats offer jobs package

OLYMPIA – Trying to spark job growth, Democrats in Washington’s state Senate on Tuesday proposed a “middle-class jobs package” focused on retraining, environmental jobs and building infrastructure such as statewide …


Census Bureau to hire hundreds in E. Washington

Several hundred jobs soon will be available in Eastern Washington to help the federal government meet its constitutional responsibilities. The U.S. Census Bureau opened a Spokane office in November to …