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The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 per year

The largest two categories of America’s fastest-growing jobs offer some of the country’s lowest wages and weakest benefits.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

Target to up hourly base pay to $15 by end of 2020

Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020 in a move it says will help it …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Round of NAFTA talks ends amid resistance over Mexico wages

The second round of talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement ended Tuesday amid resistance to discussing Mexico’s low wages and large differences over dispute resolution mechanisms.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

Trump NAFTA win may rest on helping Mexican workers get a raise

It would be in America’s self-interest. Trump wants to stop U.S. companies from moving to Mexico, where workers earn a quarter of what U.S. counterparts make. Closing that gap might …


Chaffetz, on the way out of Congress, says lawmakers need more money

Jason Chaffetz, having served just a quarter of his current House term, and at the finale of an unusually balky resignation process, recently proposed that the pay and benefits package …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 3:18 p.m.

Seattle’s higher minimum wage is working just fine

Two years after Seattle began increasing its minimum wage, Seattle’s economy is as strong as ever.


28,000 exotic dancers to share $6.5 million wage settlement

A federal judge has approved a $6.5 million settlement in a wage dispute involving 28,000 current or former exotic dancers at a chain of clubs operating in 18 states.


Restructured economy triggers blue-collar disappointment

Through the 1960s, all workers’ incomes advanced fairly evenly, and people’s relative economic positions didn’t change much. That’s no longer true, say Rose and Reeves.


Fed survey finds tight labor markets, rising wages

The economy kept growing in April through late May, with more regions citing worker shortages across a widening range of occupations, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.


Analysis: You’re not getting a raise, and nobody knows why

The economy today has almost everything experts look for as a sign of health – new jobs are popping up around the country, the unemployment rate has fallen to the …


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: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 6:14 p.m.

Tech sector contributes to Washington’s gender gap in earnings

Washington has a bigger wage gap between women’s and men’s earnings than surrounding states. The state’s tech sector is partly to blame for the disparity.


Seattle workers are second-best-paid techies in U.S.

Seattle techies are the second-best-paid in the country, according to a report from San Francisco career site Hired. The average software engineer in Seattle makes $126,000 a year, falling just …


Slowdown in wage gains muddies picture of tight job market

Just when the U.S. labor market looked like it was getting tight, worker paychecks are giving more of a mixed picture.


Wage disparity took another turn for the worse last year

The picture on income inequality in America just got a little bleaker. Top wage earners last year made 5.05 times what their lowest-income counterparts took home, the widest gap in …


Moscow group to support Idaho minimum wage increase

The League of Women Voters of Moscow will recommend that its statewide organization lobby Idaho legislators to raise the state’s minimum wage. Throughout the state, local leagues are discussing a …


$8.2 million settlement approved in SeaTac minimum wage case

A federal judge has approved an $8.2 million court settlement to resolve the claims of thousands of workers who said they were paid less than $15 per hour after the …


Americans start to see enduring wage gains in tighter job market

After six straight years of annual job gains topping 2 million, America’s labor market is as tight as ever, and it’s entering the next phase: an enduring pickup in wages.


Dow nears 20,000 barrier as higher wages boost stocks

The Dow Jones industrial average is tantalizingly close to the 20,000 mark Friday as U.S. stock indexes close in on all-time highs following a shaky start. The federal government’s December …


Airlines swim in cash but leave airport workers high and dry

After losing more than $50 billion in the decade following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. airlines have been enjoying some financially robust times of late.


Montana lawmakers to look at raising their pay 82 percent

Future Montana lawmakers would receive an 82 percent pay raise or more compared to what they’re making now under a measure to be considered next week by a legislative panel.


U.S. payrolls rise by 161,000 in October as wages accelerate

U.S. jobs continued to rise at a steady pace in October and wage gains accelerated, signs that the labor market and economy made steady progress at the start of the …


McDonald’s agrees to $3.75M deal with California workers

McDonald’s has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a federal lawsuit that sought to hold the company liable for allegations that a franchise owner in the San Francisco Bay …


Higher minimum wage in Washington could siphon off Kootenai County workers

A proposed increase in Washington’s minimum wage would widen the gap with starting wages in neighboring Idaho and may force businesses in Kootenai County to raise wages. If Washington voters …


Housing management company failed to pay minimum wage, Feds say

Federal authorities say a company that manages apartment complexes throughout Washington state has agreed to pay $239,000 to 79 workers for overtime and minimum wage violations.


Boeing curtails OT pay for 80,000 workers in latest cost-cutting move

In another move to cut costs, Boeing told white-collar, salaried employees across the company on Tuesday that starting next month overtime pay will be severely limited.


Experts say Spokane likely is part of economic boom raising incomes

Household income rose last year, the federal government says.


$12M-plus settlement reached in minimum wage cases

Several companies that provide transportation and hospitality services at or near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have agreed to settle back-pay lawsuits alleging that they ignored the nation’s first $15-per-hour minimum wage …


U.S. wages, benefits see steady rise in second quarter

The wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers rose at a steady pace in the second quarter compared to the first three months of the year, as income growth …


Local tree-planting company contests federal findings that migrant workers were underpaid

A Coeur d’Alene tree-planting company and its subcontractor are contesting a federal investigator’s finding that they underpaid migrant crews on national forest jobs by more than $100,000.