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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increases slightly in July to 5.6%

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in July over the prior month because of a seasonal drop in education and firefighting jobs.


California’s 113-month job growth ties record set in 1960s

California’s unemployment rate has again fallen to an historic low of 4.1% as the world’s fifth-largest economy continues to add jobs following the Great Recession.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increases to 5.5% in June

Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.5% in June because of a seasonal loss in education jobs.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Washington added 6,000 jobs in June; employment growth driven by education, health services

Washington state added 6,000 jobs in June with employment growth driven mostly by education and health services.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Spokane County unemployment rate drops to 5% in May

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5% in May as seasonal construction employment picked up.


May unemployment rate in Washington remains at 4.7%

OLYMPIA – Washington’s state’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.7 percent last month. According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, May’s rate remains unchanged from April’s jobless …


Strong job market hampers FEMA hiring in flood-hit states

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing an unexpected challenge in meeting the needs of the many people affected by this spring’s widespread flooding and violent storms: a strong economy.


Spokane County’s unemployment rate drops to 5.6% in April

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6% in April, driven mostly by a boost in construction jobs.


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 7:18 p.m.

Idaho unemployment rate drops to 2.8% in April

Idaho added more than 1,900 nonfarm jobs in April as the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.8%, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

Washington state added 13,500 jobs in April

Washington employers continued to add to their payrolls in April, adding more than 13,500 jobs.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 4:13 p.m.

Unemployment hits 49-year low as U.S. employers step up hiring

U.S. employers added a robust 263,000 jobs in April, suggesting that businesses have shrugged off earlier concerns that the economy might slow this year and now anticipate strong customer demand.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Idaho unemployment rate remained steady in March

Idaho’s unemployment rate remained steady at 2.9% in March, but seasonal non-farm jobs experienced the third fastest year-over-year growth rate in the nation, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 5:20 p.m.

U.S. claims for unemployment aid hit lowest level since 1969

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in nearly half a century.


Applications for jobless aid fall to lowest in 50 years

The number of people applying for unemployment aid fell last week to its lowest level in nearly five decades, solid evidence that the job market is healthy and layoffs scarce.


Applications for U.S. unemployment aid fall to 49-year low

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fall to lowest level in five decades.


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Spokane County jobless rate drops in February

Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in February, but officials expect the number will drop further throughout the year.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Hiring in U.S. slows sharply in February

The pace of hiring in the United States fell last month to its lowest point in nearly a year and a half, a surprise drop likely reflecting harsh weather and …


Applications for U.S. unemployment aid fall to 49-year low

The number of people seeking jobless benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since November 1969, a sign the job market remains strong despite the partial government shutdown, now …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 8:17 a.m.

Federal workers in Spokane receive help as paychecks held

Employment statistics show there are more than 6,000 federal employees living and working in the Inland Northwest, many of whom are waking up Friday without a paycheck. Local lending institutions …


U.S. job openings fell in November to still-strong 6.9 million

WASHINGTON – U.S. job openings fell in November from the previous month, but the number of available positions remained healthy. Job openings slipped 3.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted 6.9 …


November jobless rate in Washington holds at 4.3 percent

OLYMPIA – Washington’s state’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.3 percent last month. According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the rate remains unchanged from October’s jobless …


Idaho unemployment remains at 2.7 percent

The Idaho Department of Labor on Friday said the state’s unemployment rate in October was the same as September and is the 14th consecutive month at or below 3 percent.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.3 percent

According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the unemployment rate dipped slightly from September’s 4.4 percent and the state also added 12,400 jobs in October.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 3:13 p.m.

Idaho unemployment drops to 2.7 percent

Idaho’s unemployment rate in September dropped to 2.7 percent.


Washington’s September jobless rate is lowest in 42 years

Unemployment in Washington state inched down to 4.4 percent in September, its lowest point in 42 years.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

U.S. unemployment drops to 3.7 percent for first time since 1969

The jobless rate, the government reported Friday, is now at its lowest level since the 3.5 percent it reached 49 years ago. And the strength looks likely to endure. There …


Report: Washington unemployment rate lowest in 42 years

A recent report shows Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent last month – the lowest rate for August since 1976.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

U.S. hiring picked up in August as pay surged most in 9 years

The pace of hiring in the United States quickened in August, and wages grew at their fastest pace in nine years – evidence that employers remain confident despite the Trump …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers touts tax reform, Inland Northwest economic growth in speech at Greater Spokane Inc.

In a speech to business interests and nonprofit representatives Wednesday, the congresswoman was joined by members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to tout the tax reform bill as a …


Idaho’s unemployment rate remains at 2.9 percent

Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in July at 2.9 percent.