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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 …


Amazons robots: Job destroyers or dance partners?

These robots, and the thousands of Amazonians who build, program and use them, are laying out the next episode in a very old story – the evolving relationship between humans …


U.S. job openings surged in June to record high

U.S. employers posted a record number of open jobs in June, a sign that the solid hiring of recent months will likely continue.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017

U.S. job growth surges in July

The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July, according to government data released Friday, surpassing economists’ expectations and suggesting the economy continues to thrive after an extended streak of job …


Weekly jobless aid requests down 5,000, to 240,000

Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, keeping the number of people seeking benefits close to historic lows.


Montana 4th highest in nation for older workers dying on job

Montana ranks fourth in the nation for the ratio of older workers killed on the job, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.


Schulz: WSU needs to save money, will tighten financial belt

Washington State University will introduce a new hiring process that will include a careful examination by executive personnel of all hiring requests and justification of the need to fill positions, …


Survey: US companies added a solid 178,000 jobs in July

U.S. businesses added a solid 178,000 jobs in July, a survey found, evidence that employers remain confident enough about future demand to keep hiring.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

Amazon, in sign of growth, holds job fair for US warehouses

Amazon is holding a giant job fair Wednesday and plans to make thousands of job offers on the spot at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Expensive in Seattle? Affordability debate for mayor’s race

Seattle voters will winnow a field of 21 mayoral candidates down to two on Tuesday when they start the process of picking a new leader for the booming city that’s …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Amazon goes on hiring spree as labor market tightens

Amazon has some job openings. Lots of them. The company said Wednesday that it’s looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the U.S.


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

U.S. weekly requests for jobless aid fall to 233,000

Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits stays near historic lows pointing to a robust job market.


Layoffs begin at Carrier plant that drew Trump’s criticism

More than 300 Carrier Corp. workers are working their final day at the company’s Indianapolis factory as part of an outsourcing of jobs to Mexico that drew criticism last year …


Philip Bump: Trump’s rosy outlook in need of context

Trump likes to complain that the media don’t report on his successes. Allow me to report on them.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Shopping habits are hurting American jobs, especially today

More and more Americans are embracing a trend that labor groups have come to fear: We are shopping online now about as often as we take out the trash.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

U.S. job openings slipped in May, but hiring increased

U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in May. But hiring picked up and more people are quitting their jobs – both positive signs for the economy.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Providence Health planning layoffs; Spokane impact unclear

Providence Health & Services plans layoffs after posting an operating loss.


Job growth rebounds to 222,000 in June; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.4 percent

The labor market rebounded strongly in June as U.S. employers added 222,000 net new jobs for the best performance since February, the Labor Department said Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017

Microsoft laying off thousands of workers in sales shakeup

Microsoft is laying off thousands of employees in a shake-up aimed at selling more subscriptions to software applications that can be used on any internet-connected device.


Trade deficit narrows in May report

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in May as a rebound in global growth boosted foreign demand for U.S. exports of automobiles, consumer products and other goods and services to their …


Bucking minimum wage trend, St. Louis is lowering pay level

It’s not been a great couple of weeks for those advocating an increase in minimum wages. Late last month, the National Bureau of Economic Research published a working paper based …


U.S. companies add a modest 158,000 jobs in June

U.S. businesses added a modest 158,000 jobs in June, a survey found – a sign that hiring has decelerated but remains healthy enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.


County seeks to fill more than 200 jobs for Insterstate Fair

Spokane County is seeking friendly people to fill more than 200 temporary positions for this year’s Interstate Fair from Sept. 8 to Sept. 17.


Chicago won’t allow high school students to graduate without a plan for the future

To graduate from a public high school in Chicago, students will soon have to meet a new and unusual requirement: They must show that they’ve secured a job or received …


Dubai online retailer Souq.com says sale to Amazon completed

Dubai-based Souq.com, the Middle East’s biggest online retailer, says its sale to Amazon has been completed.