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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018

Will economic boom complicate curbing immigration?

One of President Donald Trump’s priorities, low unemployment, is complicating another: curbing immigration.


Washington adds 4,100 new jobs in June on strength of private sector hiring

Washington’s economy added 4,100 jobs in June, while the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent, unchanged from May.


U.S. adds a modest 164,000 jobs; unemployment down to 3.9 pct.

U.S. employers stepped up hiring modestly in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, evidence of the economy’s resilience amid the recent stock market chaos and anxieties about …


Idaho unemployment at 3 percent for 6th month in a row

Idaho’s unemployment rate in February for the sixth consecutive month remained at 3 percent.


U.S. employers closed out 2017 with modest but steady hiring

U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum.


Spokane County unemployment rate falls in October; strong job growth continues

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in October, continuing a trend of strong job growth in 2017.


Montana’s jobless rate remains at 3.9 percent in October

Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in October, maintaining the level it has been for most of this year.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

Washington’s unemployment rate drops to 4.5 percent

Washington’s unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent last month and the state added 6,900 jobs.


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.


Spokane County’s unemployment rate drops slightly to 5.1 percent in May

Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May, reflecting steady job in the region.


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped one percentage point, to 5.2 percent, in April. That’s also one point below the April 2016 unemployment rate, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday.


Labor slack’s vanishing act signals wage gains coming soon

April’s employment report contained an even bigger surprise than the jump in U.S. payrolls: Spare capacity in the labor market is quickly disappearing, signaling that lackluster wage growth should get …


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017

Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 6.2 percent

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in March, down from 6.8 percent in February, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017

Spokane County jobless rate climbs to 7 percent in January

The unemployment rate in Spokane County climbed to 7 percent in January, up from 6.3 percent in December. The upward bump at the start of the year is typical due …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017

Hiring accelerates and more people begin looking for work

U.S. employers stepped up hiring last month, adding a healthy 227,000 jobs, and more Americans began looking for work, a sign that President Donald Trump has inherited a robust job …


U.S. unemployment claims slide by 14,000 to 246,000

WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, another sign that U.S. workers are enjoying job security. The Labor Department says claims for jobless aid fell by 14,000 …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

Spokane region sees strong growth in jobs, labor force

The labor force grew by 8,870 last year in the Spokane area as more workers were drawn by strong job growth in a mix of industries.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017

Workforce in Idaho near full employment as jobless rate drops to 3.7 percent

The unemployment rate in Idaho ticked even lower in December, to 3.7 percent, after five straight months at 3.8 percent. A year ago the seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 3.9 …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017

Washington jobless rate hits low of 5.2 percent in December

The unemployment rate in Washington hit a new low of 5.2 percent in December as employers added 6,700 new jobs, the state said Thursday.


Idaho unemployment rate hovers under 4 percent

Idaho reported a 3.8 percent unemployment rate in September, which was unchanged from August, according to the state Department of Labor.


More jobs in Spokane, but jobless rate inches up

More people working in Spokane but unemployment up slightly, state reports.


Washington unemployment rate remains 5.8 percent

Washington state’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 5.8 percent.


Five things we learned from the surprisingly strong July jobs report

U.S. employers added a healthy 255,000 jobs in July, a sign of confidence amid sluggish economic growth that points to a resilient economy.


Montana’s unemployment rate steady at 4.2 percent in June

Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to hold steady at 4.2 percent in June while the national unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage points to 4.9 percent.


Spokane economy gains jobs in key areas

Spokane’s unemployment rate was down and the number of jobs was up in May, the state reports. Among the bright spots is an increase in jobs held by workers in …


Idaho jobless rate remains at 3.9 percent in February

Idaho’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in February, remaining unchanged for the third month in a row.


Unemployment rate in Spokane area jumped in December due to windstorm

Spokane area unemployment jumped to 6.7 percent in December


Spokane jobless rate lowest since October 2008

Unemployment numbers for September show Spokane’s rate dropped to 5.6 percent.


Region added 5,600 jobs over year

Unemployment in the Spokane area inched up in July as schools let out and laid off some staff, the state reported Tuesday. The unemployment rate for the area that includes …


Spokane unemployment rate at 6.3 percent

State economists reported a 6.3 percent May unemployment rate for Spokane County, down a bit from May 2014.