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Unemployment

Fewer people sought jobless benefits last week

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. jobless aid fell sharply last week, partially reversing two weeks of big gains that had raised concerns about rising layoffs.

Date: 05/20/2016 | Business Wire


Washington jobless rate holds steady at 5.8 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington state added more than 11,000 new jobs from March to April, but the state’s unemployment rate continues to hover at 5.8 percent.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Northwest


U.S. employment slows; joblessness rate at 5 percent

WASHINGTON — The United States added 160,000 jobs in April, new government data showed Friday morning, the weakest pace of hiring in seven months.

Date: 05/07/2016 | Business Wire


Applications for jobless aid climb, but still near lows

WASHINGTON — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the totals stayed near historic lows in a sign that the recent slowdown in economic growth has yet to spark layoffs.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Business Wire


U.S. businesses add jobs at slowest pace in 3 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies added jobs at the slowest pace in three years in April, a private survey found, a sign that slower growth and volatile financial markets could be weighing on hiring.Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 156,000 jobs in...

Date: 05/04/2016 | Business Wire


Jobless claims in U.S. hover around lowest level in four decades

Jobless claims last week hovered around four-decade lows, showing the labor market remains the strongest part of the U.S. economy.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Business Wire


Jobless claims drop to lowest level since 1973

Jobless claims unexpectedly decreased to the lowest level since 1973, indicating the U.S. labor market remains a pillar of support in the world’s largest economy.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Business Wire


Jobless claims decline to match lowest since 1973

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly declined last week to match a more than 42-year low, indicating employers are upbeat about an economy that bogged down in the first quarter.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Business Wire


Americans pessimistic about country’s path, poll finds

WASHINGTON — More than two-thirds of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction, the highest in nearly four and a half years, a new McClatchy-Marist Poll found.Fully 68 percent of adults think the country is on the wrong track, while just 27 percent...

Date: 04/09/2016 | Nation & World


Many will lose food stamps this week

As many as 1 million Americans will stop receiving food stamps this year, the consequence of a controversial work mandate that took effect this week in 21 states, including Washington, as the economy improves.The revival of the mandate, which was hotly debated when adopted...

Date: 04/02/2016 | Nation & World


Initial jobless claims rise to 2-month high

The number of applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. climbed last week to a two-month high, a sign of more moderate labor market progress.

Date: 03/31/2016 | Business Wire


Saving: It’s one habit millennials should keep

Millennials get a bad rap for being irresponsible with money.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Business Wire


U.S. jobless claims climb less than forecast last week

Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, illustrating the Federal Reserve’s view of a stronger labor market.

Date: 03/17/2016 | Business Wire


Federal Reserve holds key interest rate steady

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday held a key interest rate steady and signaled there would be no more than two small hikes this year - half what they had earlier estimated - amid lower economic growth forecasts.

Date: 03/16/2016 | Business Wire


Canada jobless rate hits 3-year high as Ontario loses steam

Canada’s unemployment rate posted a surprise increase last month as the nation continues to struggle with the impact of lower oil prices.

Date: 03/12/2016 | Business Wire


Jobless claims fall to lowest level in five months

Filings for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in five months as the number of firings remained consistent with a solid labor market.

Date: 03/11/2016 | Business Wire


State paying unemployment to people in jail, audit says

OLYMPIA — Many people in county jails are receiving unemployment benefits they’re ineligible for, according to a state audit released on Monday.

Date: 03/07/2016 | Northwest


Strong U.S. job growth helps dispel recession fears

WASHINGTON — A robust February jobs report showcased a resilient U.S. economy just as fears of a new recession had begun to surface.

Date: 03/04/2016 | Business Wire


Jobless-aid applications increase by 6,000

WASHINGTON — 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.

Date: 03/03/2016 | Business Wire


U.S. companies add 214,000 jobs in February

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses added a healthy 214,000 jobs last month, another sign that the U.S. job market remains resilient despite economic weakness overseas and tumult in financial markets.

Date: 03/02/2016 | Business Wire


Applications for U.S. jobless benefits increase

WASHINGTON — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the figure remained at a low level that suggests layoffs aren’t widespread.

Date: 02/26/2016 | Business Wire


U.S. is running short of new ideas, economist argues

It's a dreary thought.America's most innovative days are gone. A lack of truly groundbreaking inventions has imposed a long-term drag on economic growth — and with it the prospect of meaningful pay raises for most of us.That, at least, is the argument put...

Date: 02/25/2016 | Business Wire


Applications for jobless benefits fall to 3-month low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level since November, evidence that stock market turmoil and slow growth overseas haven’t caused U.S. businesses to cut jobs.

Date: 02/18/2016 | Business Wire


Many optimistic despite slower U.S. job growth

WASHINGTON — Consider looking past January's so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday's government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.Yet once you take a fuller view, a brighter picture of the...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Business Wire


Jobless claims fall more than expected after holidays

Applications for unemployment benefits declined last week from a six-month high, indicating firings remain low following the volatility typically associated with post-holiday staff adjustments.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Business Wire


Public doubts D.C.’s problem-solving ability

WASHINGTON — As the first voting nears in the presidential race, most Americans have little to no confidence in the federal government to confront what they see as the country's most important priorities, according to a national survey.The Associated Press-NORC Center...

Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World


Jobless claims increase to six-month high

The number of applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week to a six-month high, indicating tempered progress in the labor market.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Business Wire


Unemployment rate in Washington ticks up to 5.5 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington gained 7,200 jobs overall last month, but the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.5 percent.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest


Computer problem leaves Washington tax refunds backlogged

OLYMPIA — A Washington state official says a computer system installed in 2014 is still unable to process certain tax refunds owed to businesses.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Northwest


Oil misery puts 2015 among worst years for Canada jobs

OTTAWA — A cocktail of collapsing oil prices, slow global growth and an aging population is producing one of the most sluggish labor markets in Canada’s history.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Business Wire


Many left behind by growth in U.S. economy

WASHINGTON — America is enjoying a stretch of stellar jobs reports, including Friday's announcement that the economy added 292,000 jobs in December. Job growth averaged 221,000 a month for 2015.The Obama administration trumpets the news that the last two years have...

Date: 01/09/2016 | Business Wire


Applications for jobless aid dropped last week

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, reflecting a job market that continues to look persistently healthy.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire


Fewer Americans filed for unemployment aid last week

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, another sign of strength in the job market.

Date: 12/18/2015 | Business Wire


Washington unemployment rate rises slightly

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.3 percent last month, but the state still saw an overall gain of 10,100 new jobs, state officials said Wednesday.

Date: 12/16/2015 | Business Wire


Fed raises key interest rate by a quarter point

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers have slightly lowered their projections for short-term interest rates over the next three years, a sign that policymakers may move slowly after their first rate increase in seven years.

Date: 12/16/2015 | Business Wire


Tax cuts pile onto Oklahoma’s budget crisis

OKLAHOMA CITY — Even as Oklahoma’s economy was roaring thanks to an oil boom, Sarah Dougherty watched in disbelief as the Tulsa elementary school her children attend expanded class sizes and eliminated teachers because costly tax cuts and incentives ate up much of the surplus revenue.

Date: 12/13/2015 | Nation & World


Jobless aid requests up last week; levels still low

WASHINGTON — Applications for U.S. jobless aid climbed last week, but the number of Americans seeking benefits remains close to historic lows in a positive sign for the job market.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless aid rose 13,000 to a...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Business Wire


Texas jobs miracle fades as oil price slips

The "Texas Miracle" could become more like a mirage.For years, politicians in the second-largest state bragged that low taxes and loose regulations kept employment high while the rest of the country was mired in economic doldrums following the 2008 crash. Turns...

Date: 12/05/2015 | Business Wire


U.S. adds 211,000 jobs in November; Dow soars

WASHINGTON — If the Federal Reserve needed any final evidence that the economy is ready for higher interest rates, it got it on Friday.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Business Wire


High veteran unemployment appears to be in the past

Wal-Mart says it met its goal of hiring 100,000 military veterans and has upped its commitment to 250,000.A coalition of more than 200 other companies has scrapped its original objective of hiring 100,000 vets and vowed this month to make a million hires.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Nation & World


Applications for jobless benefits fall sharply

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


State unemployment rate steady at 5.2 percent

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


U.S. employers advertise more job openings in September

WASHINGTON — Employers advertised more job openings in September but hiring was essentially unchanged.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Business Wire


Three takeaways from sizzling U.S. jobs report

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


Jobless aid applications fall to 42-year low

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


Jobless benefit claims rose last week

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week but the four-week average declined to the lowest level in more than four decades, another sign the job market is healthy.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire


Unemployment applications drop to 42-year low

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


Canadian employment climbs in September on part-time gains

OTTAWA — Canadian employment climbed for a third straight month in September, largely on part-time job gains consistent with an economy growing at a moderate rate.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Business Wire


Applications for jobless benefits fell last week

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as employers hold onto workers despite a recent slowdown in hiring because of global pressures weighing on the U.S. economy.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Business Wire


Why are raises elusive with record U.S. job openings?

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


2.3 million apply for 368 menial jobs in India

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


U.S. jobless claims hit a 42-year low

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


U.S. job openings soar to record high of 5.8 million

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


U.S. jobless rate falls to a 7-year low

WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent last month, but hiring slowed — a mixed bag of news that offers few clues to whether the Federal Reserve will raise rock-bottom interest rates later this month.The Labor Department report,...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire


Jobless aid applications rise to 282,000

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


Private sector adds 190,000 jobs in August, ADP reports

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


Everett-area unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent

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


U.S. hiring reaches a six-month high in June

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


U.S. construction jobs on a big upswing

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


U.S. jobless aid requests up slightly

WASHINGTON — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market.The Labor Department says applications for jobless aid rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Business Wire


Don’t blame economy: More millennials living at home

The economy might be recovering, but millennials are increasingly living with their parents, one survey says.According to the report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, the nation's 18- to 34-year-old population is less likely to be living independently of their...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire


Fed holds steady on interest rates

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


Jobless claims decrease for first time in 4 weeks

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


Applications for unemployment benefits climb

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since late February. But the increase likely reflected temporary auto plant shutdowns rather than any underlying labor market weakness.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Business Wire


U.S. economy needs many more jobs

WASHINGTON — The economy is adding a lot of jobs, but still needs to add a lot more.That's the simple message of the latest jobs report, which was good, but not quite as good as the headline numbers suggest. Now, if you're a glass-half-full kind of person, you'd point...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire


U.S. payroll growth highest in six months

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


Federal Reserve rate hike likely before year-end

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


State unemployment drops to 5.4 percent in May

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


Relax, the U.S. jobs recovery is back

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


Jobless aid applications fall to 276,000

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


U.S. business hiring picks up in May

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


New minimum wage: Let’s see what happens

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


Snohomish County jobless rate dips below 4 percent

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




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