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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

Premera confirms job losses, but won't say how many

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Premera Blue Cross is eliminating jobs, but the company won't put a number on how many or release other details.Premera, one of the largest health insurers in the state, has been fielding questions this week from reporters about layoffs, said Eric...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Business

Shippers still harbor hopes for Port of Portland service

SALEM, Ore. — Severely diminished container service at the Port of Portland hasn’t yet irreversibly changed shipping strategies, but that pattern won’t hold forever, according to a freight expert.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

Alcoa notifies state of layoffs in Ferndale, Wenatchee

<URL destination="">FERNDALE — Alcoa has given the state notice that it plans to lay off workers at two aluminum smelters in Ferndale and Wenatchee.The Bellingham Herald</URL> reported that Alcoa has filed a 60-day layoff notice for both facilities.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Northwest

Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW

DETROIT — Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Business Wire

Payrolls increase in 40 states in October, led by California

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

Lake Stevens police commander files lawsuit claiming retaliation

LAKE STEVENS — The Lake Stevens police commander has filed a lawsuit against the city, saying he is being wrongfully fired in violation of employment laws.Dennis Taylor, 53, is accusing city leaders of trying to ruin his reputation as retaliation for how he managed...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Local News

UAW workers at Ford’s Chicago factory reject national deal

CHICAGO — Union workers at Ford’s assembly plant on the far South Side of Chicago have emphatically voted to reject a national contract that was described as the richest in the automaker’s history, dealing a serious blow to Ford’s hopes of ratifying the deal nationwide.

Date: 11/19/2015 | Business Wire

UAW leaders make push for Ford contract

DEARBORN, Michigan — The United Auto Workers union is making a last-ditch push for the union’s proposed contract with Ford, which is heading for defeat in votes at Ford’s plants.

Date: 11/19/2015 | 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

Companies, unions were big backers of Community Transit measure

The political committee behind Community Transit’s successful sales tax measure received the bulk of its funding from companies and unions likely to benefit most when the new tax dollars start rolling in.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

Oregon unemployment rate drops to 6 percent

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s jobless rate dipped to 6 percent in October, down from 6.2 percent the month before.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest

The time to live your life is now

My good friend, Steve, died last week, 8 months after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I spent many hours with him over these last months, trying to provide him with support and companionship. It was very painful to watch him slide toward his death. At the end of his life, the cancer had...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Life

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

Uneasiness looms over U.S. voters, poll finds

One year ahead of the presidential election, a pervasive disquiet has shaped voter attitudes, with a majority of Republicans pessimistic about moral values and the increasing diversity of the nation’s population and Democrats uneasy about an economy they see as tilted toward the rich.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Nation & World

Five myths about the baby boomer generation

There are 75.4 million baby boomers in the United States, people from 51 to 69 years old. They are the largest generation in American history, raised during the economic prosperity that followed World War II. Media and marketers have treated the generation as one enormous, monolithic group since...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

Lufthansa cabin crews start strike with walkout

FRANKFURT, Germany — Deutsche Lufthansa cabin crews began a week of strikes with a nine-hour walkout in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf after talks with the German airline broke down over retirement terms.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Business Wire

United enters early talks with Machinists union

CHICAGO — United Airlines and employees represented by a machinists union on Friday said they would open contract negotiations more than a year early and expedite talks on a new deal. The airline also promised not to outsource the union’s jobs for the next three-plus years.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Business Wire

Ford, UAW reach tentative agreement on contract

Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Business Wire

For good or ill, nature of work is changing

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

Debate over Medicare, Social Security, other benefits divides GOP

WASHINGTON - Republicans are openly feuding over whether to seek drastic changes to Medicare, Social Security and other entitlement programs, risking a potentially damaging intraparty battle ahead of the 2016 elections.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. firms added 182,000 workers in October, ADP says

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

Feds offer new, free retirement plan

WASHINGTON — Starting this week, people who don't have access to a retirement savings plan at work will have an easier time setting aside cash.The myRA program, a government backed retirement plan first announced by President Barack Obama...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

Kraft Heinz to close U.S., Canada factories

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Kraft Heinz will close seven plants in the U.S. and Canada as part of a downsizing that will eliminate 2,600 jobs, or roughly 14 percent of its North American factory workforce, the newly-merged food company announced Wednesday.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

Challenge for state: Recruiting, retaining 147 new troopers

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

Recalling Everett’s ‘complicated’ day

“The Everett Massacre was a disaster from any perspective.”

Date: 11/01/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

County’s unionized workers rally against Somers

EVERETT — Members of Snohomish County’s largest public employee union filled two baskets with dog treats Thursday and delivered them to Snohomish County Council chambers.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Local News

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

Fed keeps rate at record low; will consider December boost

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is keeping its key short-term interest rate at a record low in the face of threats from a weak global economy and excessively low inflation. But it suggested the possibility of a rate hike in December.A statement the Fed issued...

Date: 10/28/2015 | Business Wire

Sanders urges Verizon to resolve local labor dispute

NEW YORK — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is wading into a labor dispute involving Verizon, urging the telecommunications giant to negotiate a fair contract for 39,000 members of the Communications Workers of America.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Business

Everett Fire Department efficiency study draws fire

EVERETT — The City Council is rethinking the size and shape of the Everett Fire Department.Everett paid a consulting firm $66,400 to study the issue, and a draft report went before the council in August. The 216-page report did not make any final recommendations.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Local News

New abuse allegations filed in suit against Saudi prince

LOS ANGELES — Three female workers who accused a Saudi prince of attacking them inside a compound on the edge of Beverly Hills said in court papers that they feared for their lives and tried to escape the home at least three times after he threatened to kill them and yelled, “I am a prince and I do...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Machinists plan to picket Everett aerospace supplier Cadence-Giddens

Members of Machinists union District Lodge 751 plan to picket Monday at Everett-based Cadence-Giddens.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Some Hanford workers approve new contracts

RICHLAND — Union workers at four Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractors have approved new collective bargaining agreements.That’s according to the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council on Thursday.The Tri-City Herald reports the vote totals were not made public.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Northwest

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

Fiat Chrysler UAW workers ratify new contract by 3-to-1

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles workers represented by the United Auto Workers by a 3-to-1 margin ratified an enhanced four-year contract that provides across- the-board raises and creates a path to senior-level pay for entry-level workers.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in August

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

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

A fifth of small-business owners say pot at work is OK

A fifth of small-business owners say they would allow an employee with a medical marijuana prescription to use the drug while at work, according to a survey released Wednesday by insurance company Employers Holdings.

Date: 10/15/2015 | Business Wire

State AG files campaign finance complaint against union

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a campaign finance complaint against a union and its political action committee, accusing them of not filing timely reports of contributions.

Date: 10/13/2015 | Northwest

A job that will tickle your funny bone

Want to bring in a little extra bacon over the holidays?Archie McPhee’s warehouse in Mukilteo is hiring for two positions: unicorn wrangler and rubber chicken peddler.The wrangler is McPhee-speak for a warehouse worker. The peddler is an admin assistant.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Workers injured in dam explosion released from hospital

SEATTLE — Two more of the workers injured in an explosion at a hydroelectric dam in central Washington have been released from the hospital.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Northwest

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

New Chrysler, UAW pact boosts 2nd tier wages

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is offering so-called second-tier United Auto Workers members as much as $29 an hour — up from $25 previously proposed — under a new tentative agreement which avoided a strike by 40,000 union members, two people familiar...

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

UAW reaches deal, claims ‘significant gains’

DETROIT — Averting a possible midnight strike, the UAW union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reached a new tentative agreement late Wednesday, with the union saying it won “significant gains” compared with an earlier deal members rejected last week.

Date: 10/08/2015 | Business Wire

Police officer retires after 35 years without sick day

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Mike Flowers, 59, learned a lesson from his parents as a boy: Get up and get going every day, no matter what.The message stuck in a serious way, and Flowers is now retiring after a 35-year career as a police officer without ever having taken a sick...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Abortion, race, birth control top high court agenda

WASHINGTON — Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

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

Wal-Mart cuts HQ 'to become a more agile company'

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart laid off 450 workers at its headquarters Friday as the world's largest retailer attempts to become more nimble so that it can better compete with the likes of are more than 18,000 people who work at the headquarters in Bentonville,...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business Wire

Ex-Im Bank revival pushed, as GOP remains divided

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

After protests, UW decides to follow Seattle $15 wage law

SEATTLE — After protests and questions about whether the University of Washington would be required to follow Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law, the university has decided to comply.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Northwest

Federal appeals court won’t stop Seattle minimum wage law

SEATTLE — A federal appeals court decided Friday it will not stand in the way of a provision of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law that treats franchises like large businesses.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest

Attorney general files campaign complaint against healthcare union

OLYMPIA — The Washington attorney general has filed a campaign finance complaint against Service Employees International Healthcare Union No. 775.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Northwest

Seniors who keep working are healthier

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

UAW members rally against Fiat Chrysler deal

DETROIT — About 30 UAW workers and retirees marched with signs and chanted “same work, same pay,” in front of the union’s headquarters in Detroit on Wednesday as they rallied against a proposed contract between the union and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business Wire

Shifting work to Mexico now up for UAW vote

DETROIT — Building more cars in Mexico.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business Wire

Time is a financial gift that kids shouldn’t waste

People are always trying to find the secret to financial success. But I’d like to address the young folks who ask me how to get rich.If you’re young, you have something we older folks will never have as much of — time. It’s an advantage you shouldn’t waste.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Business columnists

Kelso teachers vote to defy court order to go back to school

KELSO — Striking teachers in Kelso have voted to defy a court order telling them to go back to school.The teachers who have been on strike since last Wednesday are scheduled to continue negotiating on Monday with help from a mediator.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

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

More young adults live in parents’ basements

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

UAW contract sets new wage range for 2nd tier

DETROIT — Both new and longtime autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles represented by the UAW union will receive wage increases under a new four-year contract if they vote to ratify it in the coming weeks, the Detroit Free Press has learned.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Business Wire

Blame wage gap on the gap between employee, employer

Could there be a reason for the widening pay gap that's not exactly economic? There could be.The employment rate has fallen to a very low 5.1 percent. A tightening labor market is supposed to lead to higher wages, but that's not happening. Some of the lowest wages are...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Taking the path to shutdown

You'd be tempted to throw the "do nothing" label on Congress if some of its members weren't working so hard to avoid doing anything constructive.Friday, the House is expected to vote on a measure to defund Planned Parenthood, stripping the women's health network...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Editorials

Oregon minimum wage to stay at $9.25 in 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon's minimum wage will stay the same in 2016.The wage is re-calculated each year because of a state law passed by voters in 2002 that ties it to inflation.The wage will remain stuck at $9.25 this January because it is pegged to the...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest

No growth in U.S. middle class incomes

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

County Council to vote on mostly symbolic hiring freeze

EVERETT — Snohomish County Council members are set to vote Wednesday on imposing a hiring freeze for government employees, in another sign of unease over finances.The move might put other leaders on notice, but the main effect would be symbolic."I...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Local News

GOP’s Walker to propose vast union restrictions

MADISON, Wis. — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker on Monday will call for sweeping restrictions on organized labor in the U.S., seeking to replicate nationwide his successful effort as Wisconsin’s governor to curb the power of unions.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Nation & World

Sea-Tac workers picket aviation contractor over labor, safety issues

SEATAC — Baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and ramp workers employed by Alaska Airlines contractor Menzies Aviation have walked off the job at Sea-Tac International Airport.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

Millennials sock away 15 percent for retirement

Iron Man. Wonder Woman. Millennial Super Saver.He or she is an ordinary human, 18 to 34, who saves at least 15 percent of his or her salary each year in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. The mission: Save enough to retire comfortably. Or at least retire.

Date: 09/11/2015 | 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

No union mines left in Kentucky, where labor wars once raged

HARLAN, Ky. — Kentucky coal miners bled and died to unionize.Their workplaces became war zones, and gun battles once punctuated union protests. In past decades, organizers have been beaten, stabbed and shot while seeking better pay and safer conditions deep underground.

Date: 09/06/2015 | Business Wire

Worker safety at dairies needs the Legislature’s attention

As we celebrate Labor Day, I want to take this opportunity to thank all workers for the contributions they make to our economy. I hope all get to enjoy end-of-summer picnics and barbecues, watch a baseball game or participate in some other family activity this weekend.Last...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Commentary

NLRB decision: What's the definition of employer?

What makes an employer an employer?That's the question a new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board attempts to settle. The NLRB last week decided that contract workers and franchise employees — think of your local McDonald's — may more easily unionize...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Commentary

Event lauds Joe Hill, hero to some, killer to others

SALT LAKE CITY — Labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill is revered by many as a hero and martyr. To others, Hill was a murderer who gunned down a Salt Lake City grocer and his son and got what he deserved when he was executed by firing squad in 1915.Ahead of the 100th...

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

Judge OKs Boeing retirement settlement

WICHITA, Kan. — Boeing will pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit filed by former Boeing workers over retirement and medical benefits after the sale of the company's Wichita operations.

Date: 09/04/2015 | 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

Panel gives green light to unfair labor practices case against Roe

EVERETT — A state commission has found that an unfair labor practices complaint can move forward against Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Local News

Judge grants restraining order in Longview mill strike

LONGVIEW — A judge has issued a temporary restraining order in hopes of keeping the peace along picket lines outside a Longview box plant.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Business Wire

Southwest reaches contract with its pilots

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines said it has reached an agreement with union negotiators on terms for a new contract with pilots, whose approval would be needed before it takes effect.Terms weren't disclosed Thursday.Leaders of the Southwest Airlines Pilots'...

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

Professionals on tap for best salary boost in 8 years

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

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 teachers OK contract with nearly 8% pay raise

EVERETT — Teachers in the Everett School District voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to accept a new contract that will boost their salaries by nearly 8 percent in the next three years.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Local News

Franchises want more time to pay Seattle $15 minimum wage

SEATTLE — A lawyer for the International Franchise Association told a federal appeals panel on Tuesday that Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law unfairly discriminates against franchises, but a city attorney said the ordinance is fair and was designed to get more money into the pockets of workers as...

Date: 09/01/2015 | Northwest

Home health-care workers have choice on union dues

While millions of Americans are enjoying their summer vacations, one group of workers is stuck at home with the A/C cranked up. Home-care workers, who look after much of the country’s sick, disabled, elderly and young rarely, if ever, get a vacation. In fact, for those of us looking after family...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Opinion

NLRB ruling could be game changer for unions

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

Tax breaks not how to win better pay for workers

Peter Georgescu has a message he wants America's corporate and political elites to hear: "I'm scared," he said in a recent New York Times opinion piece.He adds that Paul Tudor Jones is scared, too, as is Ken Langone. And they are trying to get the Powers That Be...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Commentary

Give teachers greater role in deciding how to teach

Every year, thousands of young and enthusiastic teachers all over the country start their first day of work. Within the following five years, at least 17 percent of them will leave the profession. Teacher attrition is especially high in poor, urban schools, where on average about a...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Commentary

Consumer spending up moderate 0.3 percent in July

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers increased their spending moderately in July, as wages and salaries made their biggest jump in eight months.

Date: 08/29/2015 | Business Wire

Economy grows at robust rate in second quarter

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...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Business Wire

Lunch often a last-second call for workers

Lunch may be one of the most important events of the workday, but a surprising number of workers give little or no thought to where they will go to eat until they are actually headed out of the office.Cleveland-based marketing services company WorkPlace Impact conducted a...

Date: 08/20/2015 | 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

Threat of Boeing job moves might not be just a bluff

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

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

Somers, Lovick clash over new contract for county employees

EVERETT — Wrangling over a new contract for Snohomish County government employees has created another ugly dust-up between two Democrats competing for the executive's job.Executive John Lovick's administration has been negotiating a three-year contract with the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

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

Worker slowly cooked to death; firm will pay $6 million

LOS ANGELES — Bumble Bee Foods agreed to pay $6 million to settle criminal charges Wednesday in the death of a worker who was cooked in an oven with tons of tuna.District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the settlement is the largest payout in a California workplace-violation death.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. tech workers fall in love with wacky job titles

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — It is a corporate feel-good movement sweeping the nation: titlemania.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Business Wire

I wore shorts to the office and nothing will ever be the same

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Men’s office attire needs to change.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Life

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