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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Federal workers could get unemployment payments during a shutdown

Federal employees forced to work during a shutdown without pay would be eligible for unemployment benefits in Washington under a bill that passed the Senate Wednesday.


U.S. weekly requests for jobless aid fall to a low of 229,000

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, close to historical lows in a sign that the job market is healthy.


Fewer Americans than forecast file for unemployment insurance

Fewer Americans than forecast filed last week applications for unemployment benefits, underscoring a vibrant labor market.


Unemployment claims fall to 12-week low

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped to a 12-week low at the start of February, a sign of a stable job market for U.S. workers.


Unemployment claims slide by 14,000 to 246,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, another sign that U.S. workers are enjoying job security.


Jobless claims fall to eight-week low amid holidays

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits declined to the lowest level in eight weeks, showing volatility typical around the holiday period.


More self-service, tighter security added to Washington unemployment benefits website

More security and new self-service options have been added to Washington state’s


U.S. claims for jobless aid drop to lowest since mid-April

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week felt to the lowest level since mid-April, another sign that workers are enjoying job security despite sluggish economic growth.


Weekly requests for jobless aid rise but still near lows

Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the overall levels still remain near historic lows in a positive sign for the job market.


Unemployment aid applications slip to a low 266,000

Slightly fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that layoffs are low and employers are probably adding new jobs.


Employers add jobs in July, signaling strong labor market

Private employers added a solid 179,000 net jobs last month, payroll processing firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday in an indication that the labor market has regained its health after …


Applications for jobless aid rise to still-low 266,000

WASHINGTON – More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, but the number of applications was still at a low level that suggested hiring is healthy.


U.S. unemployment applications dip to 253,000 last week

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, falling to the lowest point in 13 weeks.


Jail inmates getting unemployment checks, audit finds

Inmates got unemployment payments because agency doesn’t have access to all information.


US jobless aid applications fell to 42-year low last month

WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely rose last week and the average level of applications in the past month fell to a 42-year low. The …


Jobless benefits being cut

OLYMPIA – Washington’s long-term unemployment benefits will decrease by nine weeks next month, state officials announced Wednesday. Officials with the Employment Security Department said the decrease was triggered because the …


Washington, Idaho trim weeks of unemployment pay

Long-term unemployment benefits are being reduced sharply in Washington and Idaho. Later this month, most unemployed workers will be cut off after 73 weeks of long-term payments in Washington, the …


Jobless benefits may change

Unemployment benefits may be changed as Washington’s jobless rate improves. The maximum weeks of benefits will likely be reduced from 99 to 73 by the middle of April. The extended …


Washington jobless rate falls to 8.3 percent

Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in January as 13,200 jobs were created. The improved jobless numbers were led by stronger hiring in professional and business services, retail trade, …


Unemployment benefits given despite outlandish scenarios

I always get feedback on these columns, and I like that. Even the people who think I’m crazy are still paying attention and reading in print or online. But the …


Audit: Idaho improperly paid $82 million in benefits

An Idaho agency that doles out unemployment benefits improperly made about $82 million in payments over a three-year period, a federal audit fou


Caldwell: Good news, good jobs work well together

April was a good month for Washington’s unemployed: 5,800 of them went back to work. The gain raised the 12-month improvement to 41,500, a good-news story even if those still …


Washington jobless rate climbs

Washington’s unemployment rate climbed in March despite a gain of 1,110 jobs, the Employment Security Department said Wednesday. The March unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, a notch higher than the …


Senate delays vote on unemployment insurance rate hike

OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats had to delay a vote Wednesday on a plan to spare businesses from millions in higher unemployment insurance taxes after Republicans said the plan didn’t help …


Coordinator discusses AARP’s free tax preparation program

Tax season begins in earnest Tuesday, and AARP will again offer free tax preparation at numerous Tax-Aide centers in the Inland Northwest. John Viveiros is the Spokane district coordinator for …


Holidays time for survival as jobless benefits run out

Shawn Slonsky’s children know by now not to give him Christmas lists filled with the latest gizmos. The 44-year-old union electrician is one of nearly 2 million Americans whose extended …


House approves additional jobless benefits

Congress has approved legislation to restore unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more, ending a seven-week interruption that caused 2 1/2 million …


Unemployment benefits extension clears hurdle

Legislation to restore unemployment benefits to millions who have been out of work for more than six months broke free of Senate Republican delaying tactics today.


Obama to GOP: Restore unemployment benefits now

President Barack Obama took aim at Republican lawmakers today, accusing them of holding the public hostage to Washington politics by blocking extended unemployment benefits for millions of out of work …


Benefits for jobless lapse

WASHINGTON – More than 1.3 million laid-off workers won’t get their unemployment benefits reinstated before Congress goes on a weeklong break for Independence Day. And hundreds of thousands more will …