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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017

U.S. hiring jumps after hurricanes as employers add 261K jobs

U.S. employers added a solid 261,000 jobs in October in a bounce-back from the hurricanes that slammed the Southeast in September.


Why the explosive growth of e-commerce could mean more jobs

Automation has actually helped create jobs in e-commerce, rather than eliminate them, and stands to create more in the years ahead. By accelerating delivery times, robotics and software have made …


Hard to define America’s middle class, courted by both sides

President Donald Trump and Republican leaders are promoting their tax-cutting plan as needed relief for the stressed American middle class and a catalyst for job creation.


For clean-energy jobs, sky’s the limit

As wind and solar energy have grown, they’ve created a tide of jobs nationwide in fields from construction to manufacturing.


What’s more important to young people than cool perks or a fancy office? Growth

The way people think about structuring a career is changing. In most cases, it no longer makes sense to join a company as a 20-something and stay until retirement.


Hurricane Irma cost Florida 127K jobs, but most will return

Employers cut jobs in six U.S. states last month, particularly in hurricane-hit Florida, while hiring increased in five and was mostly unchanged in 39 states.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

Hurricanes cause rare monthly U.S. job loss but rebound likely

A pullback in U.S. hiring last month resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely prove short-lived, with a resilient job market pointing to gains in the coming months.


Damage from U.S. hurricanes to blur Friday’s Sept. jobs report

Damage from two catastrophic hurricanes means that the government’s September jobs report being released Friday will provide a blurrier-than-usual snapshot of the economy.


Survey: Hurricanes limit hiring in September to 135,000 jobs

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hobbled U.S. hiring last month, with businesses adding just 135,000 jobs, the fewest in nearly a year, a private survey found.


Will your job be automated? 70 percent of Americans say no

Most Americans believe their jobs are safe from the spread of automation and robotics, at least during their lifetimes, and only a handful says automation has cost them a job …


Claims for U.S. jobless aid rise by 12,000 to 272,000

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 272,000 as Florida continued to absorb the economic impact of Hurricane Irma.


Keep on driverless truckin’ (but help truckers)

As Congress debates a new law to promote self-driving technology, however, it may exempt big commercial vehicles in the hope of saving trucking jobs. That won’t work.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Immigration crackdown could hurt Idaho industries

Idaho’s food and agribusiness industry brought in $1.51 billion in 2011, according to the Idaho Department of Commerce.


Claims for jobless aid fall as hurricane impact recedes

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped by 23,000 last week to 259,000 as the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey began to fade.


Amazon to bring another 1,000 jobs to Oregon

Amazon has announced plans for a third Oregon fulfillment center.


Amazon announces southwest Ohio center, 1,000 jobs coming

Amazon has made it official: It plans to locate one of its fulfillment centers in the southwest Ohio city of Monroe, bringing more than 1,000 jobs.


Higher gas, housing costs lift U.S. consumer prices 0.4 pct.

Higher gas and housing costs boosted U.S. consumer prices 0.4 percent in August, the most in seven months. The increase suggests inflation could be picking up, but the figures may …


U.S. jobless benefit applications fell by 14,000 last week

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits declined slightly last week but still remained elevated as hurricane disruptions impacted layoffs for a second week.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017

Postings of U.S. job openings hit record high in July

Openings edged up 0.9 percent from June to 6.2 million, the highest on records dating to 2000, the Labor Department said Tuesday.


The Gig Economy is big and here to stay: How workers survive and thrive

Experts differ on exactly how large the Gig Economy is, but there is consensus that the Gig Economy is growing faster than traditional employment. And it is here to stay.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Idaho hospital lays off 62 employees after new ownership

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center eliminated 62 positions on Thursday, leaving the hospital with 956 employees. RCCH HealthCare Partners acquired the hospital located near …


U.S. productivity improved at ho-hum 1.5%. rate in spring

U.S. workers’ productivity rose a bit more this spring than initially reported, but the gains were relatively weak and a key reason why recent economic growth has been modest.


Hurricane Harvey spikes U.S. jobless aid applications to 298,000

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits soared last week by the most in nearly five years, driven by Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas and Louisiana.


Robert J. Samuelson: American middle class bounces back

The middle-class comeback may be the year’s most underreported story.


U.S. job growth slows to 156K; unemployment up to 4.4 percent

U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, though still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of …


U.S. unemployment claims rise slightly, remain low

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the numbers remained low and consistent with a healthy job market.


U.S. companies added a strong 237,000 jobs in August

U.S. businesses added a healthy 237,000 jobs in August with broad gains across several industries including construction, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality, according to a private survey.


U.S. economic growth upgraded to 3 percent rate in Q2

The U.S. economy rebounded sharply in the spring, growing at the fastest pace in more than two years amid brisk consumer spending on autos and other goods.


Weekly requests for jobless aid up 2,000, to 234,000

Slightly more Americans applied for jobless aid last week. Despite the small increase, the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017

Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken

The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants. One executive says the decision breaks a personal promise from …