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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
Millennials get a bad rap for being irresponsible with money.
Date: 03/29/2016 | Business Wire
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
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’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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, another sign of strength in the job market.
Date: 12/18/2015 | Business Wire
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 — 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
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
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
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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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