WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped sharply last week, the Labor Department said Wednesday, the latest sign that businesses are cutting few jobs.
Date: 11/26/2015 | Business Wire
Despite announcements by several retailers that are bucking the trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving for the start of the holiday shopping season, including REI, Nordstrom and Costco, it can seem like a losing battle when Macy's, Sears, Target, Walmart and other major retailers no...
Date: 11/25/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace over the summer than initially estimated, a positive sign that could help convince Federal Reserve policymakers to raise a key interest rate next month.
Date: 11/24/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Payrolls rose in 40 states and the unemployment rate fell in 32 as the U.S. labor market powered ahead in October.
Date: 11/21/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent for the second month in a row.
Date: 11/19/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Employers advertised more job openings in September but hiring was essentially unchanged.
Date: 11/13/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Employers shrugged off worries about the U.S. economy downshifting, adding a whopping 271,000 non-farm jobs in October and raising worker pay in the process.The unemployment rate in October dipped slightly to 5 percent, and measures of stress in the job...
Date: 11/06/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has revealed its trade pact with Pacific nations, a sweeping and controversial deal igniting fierce opposition from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies.The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement published on Thursday has...
Date: 11/06/2015 | Nation & World
Robots make the perfect employee. They don't complain, they don't get sick, and, as of this writing, they don't have babies. When robots can do the job in today's economy, they get the job.When they can't, a human must suffice. You still need a human to make the perfect...
Date: 11/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Maersk Line, the shipping branch of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it will reduce its network capacity, postpone investments and reduce its global headcount by at least 4,000 jobs by the end of 2017.
Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON - Companies added 182,000 workers in October, signaling steady improvement in the U.S. job market, according to a private report based on payrolls.
Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire
TORONTO — The head of the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline denied Tuesday that political motivation drove its decision to ask the U.S. government to delay consideration of the project.
Date: 11/04/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — Alcoa is shutting down smelters in Ferndale and Wenatchee as the company cuts back its aluminum output and prepares to split the company.
Date: 11/04/2015 | Business Wire
Regardless of the outsized attention that the presidential election draws, your vote matters as much if not more in local and state elections, this year determining who represents you on city councils, school boards, fire districts and more and next year as you elect legislators and...
Date: 11/03/2015 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Patrol is seeing its ranks depleted faster than can be replenished. It can't recruit enough new troopers to fill existing vacancies and newer...
Date: 11/02/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely rose last week and the average level of applications in the past month fell to a 42-year low.
Date: 10/29/2015 | Business Wire
It's not that surprising that the U.S. House finally passed legislation to take the Export-Import Bank out of the mothballs it was placed in back in June when its authorization expired. The support was there all along.The bank, which guarantees loans between American...
Date: 10/29/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — The Labor Department said employers advertised fewer job openings in August and kept hiring flat.Job openings slid to 5.4 million in August from a record high 5.7 million in July. Hiring was little-changed at 5.1 million.
Date: 10/17/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week, matching the lowest level in 42 years, strong evidence that employers remain confident enough in the economy to hold onto their staffs.
Date: 10/15/2015 | Business Wire
CHICAGO — United Airlines plans to order a fleet of 100-seat jetliners from either Bombardier or Embraer if it can agree on terms for a two-year contract extension with pilots in expedited bargaining.
Date: 10/10/2015 | Business Wire
ARLINGTON — It's the simple things. Folding a pair of pants and arranging the matching jacket on a hanger. Washing and drying a vase before finding a spot on the shelf. Choosing the right color of sticker to mark the price of a knickknack.These are skills...
Date: 10/05/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — Companies have posted a record number of job openings just when a diminished proportion of Americans are either working or looking for work.That combination ought to push up pay. Yet it hasn't worked out that way, at least not yet. Wage growth actually...
Date: 10/04/2015 | Business
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy added just 142,000 net new jobs in September and average wages fells slightly, surprising signs that labor market growth has stalled amid global economic troubles.
Date: 10/02/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a candidate for speaker, is “strongly” discouraging lawmakers from signing on to a fellow Republican’s effort to force a vote to revive the U.S. Export-Import Bank, his spokesman said.
Date: 10/02/2015 | Nation & World
Women are underrepresented in leadership positions for plenty of reasons: They're stereotyped as being less competent than men, they aren't as aggressive, and there's a perception that they can't lead and raise a family at the same time. Now, research from Harvard Business School adds...
Date: 09/25/2015 | Business Wire
Is retirement hazardous to your health?It’s an intriguing question in light of a new study that finds senior citizens who work are in better health than their counterparts who don’t.
Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World
China's president tours Boeing factory in Everett
Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News
DETROIT — Building more cars in Mexico.
Date: 09/22/2015 | Business Wire
SNOHOMISH — Harvey Airfield is kicking off a world-wide effort aimed at getting girls involved aviation.
Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News
LUCKNOW, India — When a northern Indian state announced a few hundred job openings for low-level office workers who run errands and make tea, the response was staggering.
Date: 09/18/2015 | Business Wire
The kids in the basement are staying there.One lasting scar from the deepest recession since the 1930s is the phenomenon of young adults, facing their own financial challenges, forced to squeeze in the homes of their parents. And new data show the trend is getting worse, not better.
Date: 09/18/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — The wallets of America's middle class and poorest aren't seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season.The Census Bureau, in its annual look at poverty...
Date: 09/16/2015 | Business Wire
DETROIT — With a contract deadline looming Monday, a top United Auto Workers official said he is “very determined” to get raises for veteran workers at Ford who haven’t received an hourly pay increase in almost a decade.
Date: 09/12/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, keeping this key indicator of labor market health near historic lows.The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted...
Date: 09/10/2015 | Business Wire
As the Donald Trump jamboree has played on — and blown out amps — some progressive thinkers have started to see its upside.
Date: 09/10/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — The number of available jobs jumped sharply in July to the highest level in 15 years, evidence that confident employers sought to step up hiring to meet greater demand for their goods and services.
Date: 09/09/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remain at historically near low levels in a positive sign for the U.S. economy amid a broader global slowdown.
Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire
Even as the landscape for wages looks bleak, at least one rung of the compensation ladder is doing just fine. And 2016 may be even better.
Date: 09/02/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Hiring by U.S. firms picked up a bit last month as the private sector added 190,000 net new jobs, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday.
Date: 09/02/2015 | Business Wire
Unions and other labor advocates are brainstorming strategies after a National Labor Relations Board ruling that could strengthen the hand of those at the lowest level of such industries as warehousing, construction, fast food and home health care.
Date: 08/30/2015 | Business Wire
For all its success as the fastest-growing big state, luring the most business with a paucity of taxes and regulation, Texas is an inferior investment.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a brisk pace during the spring quarter, an encouraging sign that economic momentum was building before the turmoil in financial markets.The nation's output of goods and services expanded at a 3.7 percent annual rate in the second...
LOS ANGELES — Boeing Co.’s planned layoffs in California, announced this week, have revived concerns that the aerospace industry may suffer if Congress doesn’t renew its support for the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
Amazon? I don't know about you, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've bought something from the online retailer.Once I needed a copy of Jim Lynch's
Date: 08/19/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
OLYMPIA — Washington state's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in July, holding even with the national jobless rate, state officials said Wednesday.The latest report from the state's Employment Security Department shows that the jobless rate was unchanged from June,...
Date: 08/19/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — U.S. builders started work on single-family houses last month at the fastest pace since the Great Recession began in late 2007.Housing starts in August rose 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.21 million homes, the Commerce Department...
Date: 08/18/2015 | Business Wire
OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific will cut hundreds of management jobs as the amount of coal shipped by railroads continues to plunge.
Date: 08/14/2015 | Business Wire
Was former Boeing CEO Jim McNerney’s implied threat of moving jobs overseas if the U.S. Export-Import Bank isn’t reauthorized simply bluster?
Date: 08/13/2015 | Aerospace Blog
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers filled more of their available jobs in June, evidence that steady if modest economic growth is putting more Americans to work.
Date: 08/13/2015 | Business Wire
PHILADELPHIA — Brian Martin, 33, almost gave up on being a bricklayer during the recession. He loved the work but couldn't get any, so he joined the vast army of construction workers rendered jobless by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression."I...
Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — Menu prices are up 21 percent and you don’t have to tip at Ivar’s Salmon House on Seattle’s Lake Union after the restaurant decided to institute the city’s $15-an-hour minimum wage two years ahead of schedule.
Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve appears on track to raise interest rates later this year but signaled Wednesday that it wants to see further economic gains and higher inflation before doing so.
Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire
Paul Poppe’s routine isn’t unusual. Every weekday, he’s on the job at Edmonds Community College by 7:30 a.m. He spends time off watching the Mariners or doing yard work.So what’s unusual about this busy professional? Well, he was born in 1930.
Date: 07/29/2015 | Local News
Washington’s aerospace policy director, Alex Pietsch, is leaving Olympia to join Washington State University as an industry liaison this fall.Pietsch’s priority will be to foster close ties between the university’s Everett campus and area businesses.
Date: 07/28/2015 | Business
As Boeing continues construction in Everett of its wing fabrication facility for the 777X and other aerospace businesses in the county continue their own growth, production of a critical component for those manufacturers also is ramping up: the training and development of skills for the...
Date: 07/24/2015 | Editorials
TORONTO — BlackBerry Ltd. announced another round of job cuts Tuesday as it deals with weak smartphone sales and pushes ahead with a restructuring plan.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire
BENTONVILLE, Ark. - The group cheer at Wal-Mart's third annual U.S. manufacturing summit - convened to find more American-made products - was greeted with a voice from another era."Almost anything can be made by Americans, in this country, and be done...
Date: 07/18/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — U.S. builders broke ground on apartment complexes last month at the fastest pace in nearly 28 years, as developers anticipate that recent jobs gains will launch a wave of rentersThe Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts in June climbed 9.8...
Date: 07/18/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits declined last week for the first time in a month, heading back toward the lowest levels in more than a decade and signaling firings remain muted.Jobless claims fell 15,000 to 281,000 in the week ended July 11 from a...
Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire
One head chef had a bad habit of throwing knives around the kitchen, in the direction of people that made him angry. Another woman's boss told her coworker she couldn't take a personal day to bring her dog to the emergency vet "because dogs are replaceable." Yet another boss...
Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire
Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn't, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly — how shall I put this? — Romneyesque.Bush is supposed to be the safe, establishment-approved choice, which is where the...
Date: 07/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists
NEW YORK — Companies in the U.S. boosted employment in June by the most in six months, signaling the job market is strengthening, according to a private report based on payrolls.
Date: 07/01/2015 | Business Wire
In Northwest Washington, we rely on the usual ways to get ourselves to work, school and recreation: driving our cars on roads, bridges and highways. But we also rely on many other transportation modes. Our ferry system is the largest in the country. And we go motor-free on our legs and...
Date: 06/30/2015 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday signaled that the U.S. economy is nearly ready to stand on its own despite a rocky start to the year.
Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration's trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor.
Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent last month, the first time it’s fallen below the national average since May 2014.
Date: 06/17/2015 | Business Wire
Those of us who've been around a bit can recall what the Snohomish County communities along the I-5 corridor looked like 15 to 35 years ago and how they've changed and grown since then. Our county...
Date: 06/17/2015 | Editorials
Two business professors who write a column for the Washington Post posed this refreshing (or heretical, depending on your view) theory last month: If...
Date: 06/09/2015 | Editorials
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy sure is adding a lot of jobs for something that's not supposed to be growing much, if at all.Specifically, it added 280,000 jobs in May, better than the 225,000 that were expected, and another 32,000 in revisions to previous months. This...
Date: 06/05/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign that job cuts remain low as employers are confident enough in the business outlook to hold onto their staffs.
Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — U.S. companies stepped up hiring in May, a private survey found, evidence that employers remain confident in the economy even after it contracted at the start of the year.
Date: 06/03/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Texas is the nation's No. 1 exporting state, yet the No. 1 opponent of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which finances American exports, is a Texan.House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, a Republican, is leading an effort...
Date: 05/29/2015 | Business Wire
Sometimes people ask me where I stand on economic policy. Am I a free-marketer or an interventionist? I tell them that I'm an identificationist.In statistics, "identification" just means separating two groups in order to tell if a treatment works. You give Group...
Date: 05/27/2015 | Business columnists
EVERETT — Snohomish County’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent, the lowest it has been since August 2007, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Employment Security Department.
Date: 05/26/2015 | Business
Willie McTuggie looks like a photocopier on wheels. But he — it, actually — has the engineered brain of a reasonably smart human, and acts like one when when he rolls up to a nurse's station, opens a drawer, retrieves a dose of pills and glides off to make a delivery.
Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent last month, the lowest it's been in nearly seven years, officials said Wednesday.The latest report from the state's Employment Security Department shows that the jobless rate dropped from March's 5.9...
Date: 05/20/2015 | Business Wire
It still faces a long slog, but after a defeat on a procedural vote in the Senate earlier in the week, a trade bill that could be a major benefit to Washington state jobs appears to again be moving forward.
Date: 05/15/2015 | Editorials
That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years.Nor is this abstract theory. We've lived it. The...
Date: 05/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average over the past month to the lowest level in 15 years and underscoring labor-market strength.
Date: 05/14/2015 | Business Wire
Bombardier confirmed to the Associated Press that it is cutting more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months due to weak demand for some of its business jets.The company
Date: 05/14/2015 | Aerospace Blog
We knew Snohomish County was a good place to raise kids. Now we have a study by two Harvard economists that confirms it's also a good place to give kids, particularly those from low-income families, hope for upward mobility.As reported by the
Date: 05/07/2015 | Editorials
SAN FRANCISCO — Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday.The analysis uncovered a glaring imbalance...
Date: 05/07/2015 | Business Wire
Font experts recently told Bloomberg Business that using Times New Roman on a résumé was the font equivalent of “putting on sweatpants” for a job interview. Strong words. They recommended something serif-less like Helvetica or the forbidding-sounding “Proxima Nova.”What the Helvetica?
Date: 05/02/2015 | Nation & World
Let's start with why this is important. In Washington state, 4 in 10 jobs are tied, directly or indirectly, to trade, according to the Washington Council on International Trade. And the value of goods and...
Date: 04/28/2015 | Editorials
Boeing plans to lay off 153 workers in metro Puget Sound by June 19, according to a federally required notice.Most of them — 125 — are members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), according to the union.Of those...
Date: 04/23/2015 | Aerospace Blog
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is preparing to do what the U.S. economic recovery has been slow to accomplish: raise the wages of millions of Americans.
Date: 04/22/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Teenagers drop out of high school for all sorts of reasons: lack of motivation, little support from parents, poor academic performance. But for some low-income students, the decision to leave is purely economic. Many are going to work so they can start making money to...
Date: 04/19/2015 | Nation & World
Viewpoints: Many workers older, supporting families
Date: 04/19/2015 | Commentary
Investment in the Mexican auto industry is soaring as automakers take advantage of low labor costs, an increasingly sophisticated workforce and free trade agreements.Ford Motor Co. said Friday it will spend $2.5 billion to build and expand engine and transmission factories...
Date: 04/18/2015 | Business Wire
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Companies are seeking more foreign workers than ever before to fill highly skilled jobs in technology and other industries, but the United States will grant visas to just a fraction of them in a lottery that began this week.Anxious to bump up those...
Date: 04/16/2015 | Business Wire
DETROIT — Toyota said Wednesday it plans to spend $1 billion to build a new plant in Guanajuato in central Mexico where it will make its next-generation Corolla — a move that underscores the automotive industry’s move to invest heavily in Mexico to build new auto plants in recent years.
Date: 04/16/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — Washington’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent in March — the first drop in several months.
Date: 04/15/2015 | Business Wire
OTTAWA — Canadian employment rebounded in March, with an unexpected gain powered by services from retailing to transportation and part-time work, easing concern the oil rout would undercut the nation’s economy.
Date: 04/11/2015 | Business Wire
WASHINGTON — Initial jobless claims unexpectedly fell sharply last week to near their post-Great Recession low in a sign that the labor market remains healthy.
Date: 04/03/2015 | Business Wire
OMAHA, Neb. — Investor Warren Buffett said the economy continues to grow steadily, but too many people continue to miss out on the American dream.
Date: 04/03/2015 | Business Wire
EVERETT — The unemployment rate in Snohomish County rose slightly in February, as is typical for mid-winter. Labor analysts expect the number to fall in the coming months as hiring for spring and summer picks up.
Date: 04/01/2015 | Business
SEATTLE — A federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for Seattle’s new minimum wage law to take effect as planned next month, rejecting claims by franchises of big national chains that it discriminates against them.
Date: 03/17/2015 | Northwest
Should a reduced tax bill be tied to jobs?
Date: 03/15/2015 | Commentary
WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans — 54 percent, according to a Pew Research Center poll last year — favor raising taxes on the wealthy to expand programs for the poor. The problem with this, from a policy standpoint, is that nearly everybody thinks “rich people” are those who make more money...
Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Hardware Sales Inc. of Bellingham does about 25 percent of its online business outside the United States. But going global can be frustrating. Overzealous Australian customs inspectors sometimes confiscate perfectly legal knives. Canada imposes duties that can double...
Date: 03/14/2015 | Business Wire