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U.S. CEOs more optimistic on prospects for sales, hiring

Chief executive officers of some of the largest U.S. companies became more optimistic about their sales and hiring prospects in the weeks before and after last month’s presidential election, even …

SeaWorld cutting 320 jobs in restructuring

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is eliminating 320 jobs across its 12-park company.

Cereal maker General Mills to cut as many as 600 jobs

General Mills, which has been struggling with weaker sales for its cereal and yogurt, plans to cut between 400 and 600 jobs around the world as it restructures its business.

More Hanford workers report possible tank vapors

Three more Hanford workers reported smelling a suspicious, ammonia-like odor Thursday afternoon in central Hanford and received medical evaluations.

Requests for U.S. jobless aid rose last week, but still low

More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. But claims are still at low levels that point to greater job security.

GoPro cutting 15 percent of workforce, shuts down entertainment unit

GoPro Inc., struggling to get traction with its new action-camera and drone, said it will eliminate about 15 percent of its workforce and shut down its entertainment division to reduce …

Survey: US businesses add 216,000 jobs, most in 5 months

U.S. companies added a solid 216,000 jobs in November, the most since June and evidence that the incoming Trump administration is inheriting a solid economy.

Airbus plans 1,100 job cuts as it consolidates

Airbus wants to cut more than 1,100 jobs across Europe as it consolidates its activities and seeks to better compete with U.S. rival Boeing and others amid growing global demand …

‘Drain the swamp’? Federal workers worried about Trump plan

Melissa Baumann lives some 850 miles from the nation’s capital, but when she hears President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters say they will “drain the swamp,” she worries she will …

Applications for unemployment aid rose last week

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week. But jobless claims remain at low levels, showing that most American workers enjoy job security.

Idaho unemployment rate holds steady at 3.8 percent

State officials say Idaho’s unemployment rate has remained at 3.8 percent for the past four months.

Volkswagen to shed 30,000 jobs, cutting costs after scandal

Volkswagen announced plans Friday to cut 30,000 jobs in a wide-ranging restructuring of its namesake brand as it tries to recover from a scandal over cars rigged to cheat on …

DuPont to end pension contribution for active employees

DuPont says it will soon stop contributing to active employees’ pension plans, a move that will affect the retirement of 13,000 U.S. workers, including 2,800 in Delaware.

US solar panel maker to cut 1,600 jobs, halt plant in Ohio

The biggest U.S. manufacturer of solar panels is cutting a quarter of its jobs worldwide and will halt production at its only North American plant, in Ohio.

Report: Workers trapped in mine collapse in southeast Turkey

Turkish media reports say a copper mine in southeast Turkey has collapsed, trapping a number of workers inside.

Some Hanford workers think twice about raising vapor issues

Some Hanford workers said they had concerns about raising issues related to possible chemical vapor exposures during a review by the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General.

43-year low: Unemployment aid applications lowest since 1973

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since 1973 last week, evidence that businesses are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their …

Washington unemployment rate down to 5.4 percent

Washington unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent last month and the state added 10,600 jobs.

Are American Airlines uniforms making workers sick?

When American Airlines flight attendants began to complain about the company’s new uniforms, the airline shrugged off the problem, saying it was limited to about a dozen people with allergies …

GM laying off more than 2,000 at two car plants as sales slow

Falling demand for cars is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.

Tacoma General nurses plan weeklong boycott of extra shifts

Nurses at Tacoma General Hospital are refusing to take extra shifts or voluntary overtime to protest hospital work practices.

U.S. job openings increase slightly in September

U.S. employers posted slightly more job openings in September, a likely sign that the steady job gains of recent months could continue.

Friday’s jobs data will be key economic news in election homestretch

The government’s October jobs report is poised to offer the last big data point on a steady if unimpressive U.S. economy, four days before Americans flock to the polls.

Microsoft adds new chat-based service for workers

Taking a cue from competing online services like Slack, which let workers chat and share information on the job, Microsoft is adding a new program called “Teams” to its Office …

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 …

VW sees electric car shift costing thousands of jobs

Volkswagen’s personnel chief has been quoted as telling a German newspaper that the transition to electric cars will ultimately cost a “five-digit number” of jobs at the company.

Providence Health agrees to settle pension plan lawsuit

A Renton-based health care system has agreed to pay $351.9 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its employee pension plan.

Twitter cuts staff, kills off Vine app amid pressure to grow

Twitter, seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money, is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide.

New Wells Fargo CEO to employees: ‘We’re sorry’

Newly appointed Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan told employees Tuesday that he is “sorry for the pain” that the bank’s employees have suffered as a result of the company’s sales …

Boeing warns 180 employees of pending layoffs

Boeing issued advance layoff notices Friday to 180 employees companywide. The layoffs are to take effect in mid-December, just ahead of the Christmas break at Boeing.