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

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


Oregon prisons face worker shortages as retirements loom

With a staff of 4,700, the Oregon Department of Corrections is struggling to attract new employees as almost one-fifth of its workforce becomes retirement eligible in 2018.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Robots could soon replace nearly a third of the U.S. workforce

Over the next 13 years, the rising tide of automation will force as many as 70 million workers in the United States to find another way to make money, a …


Trump’s one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump’s administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that …


Conor Sen: Few cities can handle an Amazon HQ

Amazon’s Request for Proposal narrows the list significantly in terms of the number of cities realistically able to bid for such a project.


Businesses more willing to hire felons, the disabled and poorly skilled. Will the trend last?

As the nation enters its ninth year of economic expansion next month, the low unemployment and tightening labor market have begun to open doors for people who not long ago …


As workforce bleeds men, health care jobs could be key to keeping them employed

Chauncey Incarnato is part of a small but growing contingent of men pursuing jobs traditionally dominated by women in the fast-growing health sector, a choice some economists say may be …


Why are so many women dropping out of the workforce?

For half a century after World War II, women barreled into the job market in numbers that surged higher every year. They drove most of the rise in real household …


Montana worker shortage starts to pinch state’s employers

When Denice Harris started working at AAA, she had to wear nylons and men were required to wear ties. Now struggling to recruit employees, AAA is doing everything from allowing …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017

EPA plans to offer buyouts as part of Trump push to shrink workforce

The Environmental Protection Agency said this week that it would begin the process of shrinking its 15,000-employee workforce through buyouts, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order last …


Idaho, contractors offer free training in operating heavy equipment

Not enough people are stepping up to the excavator, dozer or backhoe, and that’s a big problem when the economy is fueling a need for heavy equipment operators. To boost …


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

Young workers scope out Spokane job recruiters

Josh Mollon, a recent college graduate, found himself at the Next Gen Job Fair in the Spokane Convention Center on Tuesday afternoon, bumping shoulders with about 48 employers looking for …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017

Emily Wine: Taking symbolic steps toward leadership roles

It wasn’t until after I left the halls of academia and entered the workforce that I began to understand the subtle sexism that pervades daily life in America.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017

New effort in Spokane County aims to help workers finish higher education

Across Spokane County, about 86,000 working adults have some college credits, but no degree or professional certificate. Business leaders and educators have launched an initiative called “Greater Minds” to help …


Verizon’s AOL cutting 500 jobs, will focus on mobile, video

AOL is cutting about 500 jobs, or 8 percent of its workforce, as it trims back following some deals and focuses on mobile, video and data.


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 …


Age, income factors in staying with single employer, poll says

A new poll says more than 40 percent of America’s baby boomers stayed with their employer for more than 20 years. But it’s unlikely that their children or grandchildren will …


Clearwater Paper ordered to pay $235,000 to whistleblower

A federal judge has ordered Clearwater Paper Corp. to pay a former employee $235,000 after ruling the company fired him for filing a report with a federal agency about unsafe …


Nordstrom to cut from 350 to 400 jobs

Nordstrom Inc. says it will be cutting about 350 to 400 jobs as it looks to be more nimble at a time where shoppers are shifting their spending more online.


Washington jobless rate holds steady at 5.8 percent

Washington state added 9,000 new jobs from February to March, but its unemployment rate remains at 5.8 percent for the fourth straight month.


Court to California companies: Give workers a chair

The California Supreme Court made it more difficult Monday for companies to deny employees a seat while they work.


‘Fight for 15’ campaign to target McDonald’s stores April 14

McDonald’s customers stopping in for a Big Mac on the eve of Tax Day may be greeted by demonstrators calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union.


Boeing’s Washington job cuts could be in the thousands, report says

The Boeing Co. is reportedly taking steps to eliminate 10 percent of its workforce in Washington state.


Seattle now part of Obama program to train people for tech jobs

The city of Seattle is the latest member of President Obama’s TechHire program, a push to get more people working in tech jobs through college and nontraditional training programs.


Lockheed Martin seeks to lay off up to 1,000 workers

Lockheed Martin Corp. says its aeronautics division is seeking to part with up to 1,000 workers as it works to stay competitive and keep its staff aligned with orders.


Need a job? JetBlue will train you to fly planes

JetBlue Airways is taking applications for 24 slots in a new pilot-training program. No aviation background is required.


Productivity stuck in slow-growth mode

U.S. productivity fell in the final three months of 2015 at the sharpest pace in nearly two years, though the decline was not as large as first reported. Labor costs …


Applications for jobless aid rise by 6K, still at low level

More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but their numbers remained low enough to suggest that layoffs are rare and the job market is healthy.


Bombardier to cut about 7,000 jobs, hire for growth areas

Bombardier says it plans to cut approximately 7,000 jobs – or about 10 percent of its global workforce– over two years, even as it adds jobs in growing areas of …


Obama: Closing pay gap for women, minorities still a work in progress

President Barack Obama sought to showcase progress on his watch on closing the pay gap for women while keeping up the pressure on business, Congress and individuals to tackle an …