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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

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

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

Work ethic basis of success for ourselves and community

One of the most prized compliments any of my students can get is for someone to say that he or she has a strong work ethic. This description carries more weight than a host of other attributes — more than intelligence, more than strength, more than experience.A strong...

Date: 06/27/2015 | Commentary

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

U.S. wages increase by most since 2006

WASHINGTON — Wages and salaries advanced in the first quarter at the fastest pace since 2006, indicating American companies are having to offer bigger paychecks to attract skilled workers.

Date: 06/10/2015 | 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

That cute new robot may take your job

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

L.A. latest city to favor $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to raising minimum pay in the nation’s second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020, a key step as wages in America have stagnated.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Business Wire

State jobless rate drops to 5.5 percent

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

U.S. jobless claims fall to 15-year low

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

Unemployment rate for blacks at 7-year low

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate for black Americans fell to single digits in April for the first time in nearly seven years. At the same time, the jobless rate among Asian-Americans rose for the first time in six months.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Business Wire

Jobless claims hover near 15 year lows

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, dropping the average over the past month to the lowest in 15 years, indicating companies are holding on to workers.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Business Wire

Private-sector job growth slows in April

WASHINGTON — Private-sector job growth surprisingly slowed again in April, with businesses adding just 169,000 net new positions, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing Inc. said Wednesday.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Business Wire

Study: Top tech firms bypass Asians as execs

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

King County Metro hiring drivers after voters boost service

SEATTLE — King County Metro is on a hiring binge after Seattle voters approved an expansion of bus service.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Northwest

Many teens are quitting school to work

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

Jobless claims below 300,000 for sixth week

WASHINGTON — Fewer than 300,000 American workers filed applications for unemployment benefits for the sixth consecutive week, pointing to labor-market strength even as hiring cooled last month.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Business Wire

State unemployment rate drops to 5.9 percent

OLYMPIA — Washington’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent in March — the first drop in several months.

Date: 04/15/2015 | Business Wire

Jobless claims fall to near post-recession low

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

State unemployment holds steady at 6.3%

OLYMPIA — Washington's unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent in February, the state Employment Security Department reported on Wednesday.Employment increased by 94,700 jobs from February 2014 to February 2015, with 83,400 of those jobs in the private sector and...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. jobless benefit applications fall

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that strong hiring will likely continue.Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 36,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The...

Date: 03/12/2015 | Business Wire

Initial jobless claims unexpectedly rise

WASHINGTON — Initial jobless claims unexpectedly jumped to a nine-month high last week, an indication that severe winter weather could be putting a temporary freeze on the labor market’s recovery.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Business Wire

Extend tax breaks for film productions in state

With the Oscars airing today — 4 p.m. on ABC, 2 p.m. if you're into the red carpet stuff — let's take a moment to consider Washington state's film industry. And zooming in for a close-up, let's consider Snohomish County's supporting role.Among the recent...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Editorials

Jobless claims fall below 300,000

WASHINGTON — Initial jobless claims declined more than expected last week, falling back below the 300,000 level that indicates a healthy labor market.About 283,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits, down from 304,000 the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Business Wire

Chain doesn’t hire workers over 40, EEOC says

ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal agency sued Seasons 52 restaurants Thursday, contending the chain owned by Orlando-based Darden Restaurants is discriminating against job applicants age 40 or older.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Business Wire

Private-sector job growth cooled in January

WASHINGTON — Private-sector hiring cooled last month, with employers adding a still-solid 213,000 net new jobs, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday.

Date: 02/05/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. pay, benefits increase faster

WASHINGTON — Wages and benefits rose at a slightly healthier rate last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers.The Labor Department said Friday that the employment cost index, which measures pay and benefits, rose 2.2...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Business Wire

Don't limit chance to find job

When someone is released from prison we expect that person to turn his or her life around, get the counseling he or she needs and was ordered to complete, pay restitution and fines, keep community supervision appointments, support himself or herself and, key to most of that, find a...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Editorials

State unemployment rate rises slightly

OLYMPIA — The jobless rate in Washington rose slightly in December to 6.3 percent, but the big news Thursday from the state Employment Security Department is that employment growth last year was the highest in 17 years.

Date: 01/23/2015 | Business Wire

Solid hiring boosts confidence for 2015

WASHINGTON — A healthy month of hiring in December capped the best year for U.S. job growth since 1999, demonstrating that employers are more confident than they’ve been since the Great Recession began.

Date: 01/09/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. firms add 241,000 jobs in December

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.

Date: 01/07/2015 | Business Wire

Court tosses Boeing age-discrimination suit

WICHITA, Kan. — The remaining age-discrimination claims against Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems were tossed out by a federal judge on Wednesday, a major blow to a lawsuit that's spanned nine years.

Date: 01/07/2015 | Business Wire

New Workforce exec loves her job

EVERETT — Four words are painted outside of Erin Monroe’s office.The bold white letters on the ocean blue wall spell out, ‘Love what you do.’ Monroe does that on a daily basis as the new chief executive officer of Workforce Snohomish.

Date: 12/29/2014 | Business

Jobless aid hits a 7-week low

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the job market is making progress as the year ends.Jobless claims dropped by 9,000 to 280,000 in the week ended Dec. 20, the fewest since early November, from...

Date: 12/25/2014 | Business Wire

Seattle police chief to open 5 assistant positions to competition

SEATTLE — Seattle’s police chief says she’ll open the department’s five assistant chief positions to competition beginning in January, a move that could lead to significant changes.

Date: 12/16/2014 | Northwest

How to avoid holiday party troubles

If John Olajide's staffers have one too many at his company's holiday party he'll have them shuttled home in a taxi or send them to a hotel room for the night."If they're at our party, we're responsible for them," says Olajide,...

Date: 12/06/2014 | Business Wire

U.S. sees ‘boom’ in job growth

WASHINGTON — The resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999.The gain of a robust 321,000 jobs — the most in nearly three years — put further distance between a strengthening...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Business Wire

Jobless applications fall to 297,000

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Business Wire

ADP: U.S. firms add 208,000 jobs

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses hired at a solid pace last month, according to a private survey, a signal that Friday’s November jobs report from the government will likely also show strength.

Date: 12/04/2014 | Business Wire

A higher minimum wage?

Viewpoints: Pro and con on raising it to $15 and hour

Date: 11/30/2014 | Commentary

Unemployment falls across the U.S.

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in just 5 states, the fewest since April. Rates...

Date: 11/22/2014 | Business Wire

Jobless aid applications fall to 291,000

WASHINGTON — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.

Date: 11/21/2014 | Business Wire

Parts of rural Oregon still stuck economically

UNION, Ore. — Once a month, every month, the food bank in Union opens for two hours in the Methodist church.

Date: 11/17/2014 | Northwest

Companies hire at fastest pace in 7 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies ramped up hiring in September, and more Americans were confident enough to quit their jobs — two signs of a steadily improving economy. The number of available jobs declined but remained at a healthy level.

Date: 11/13/2014 | Business Wire

Jobless claims hit a 14-year low

WASHINGTON — Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market should continue to improve.The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a...

Date: 11/07/2014 | Business Wire

Businesses add 230,000 jobs in October

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, a private survey said, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.

Date: 11/06/2014 | Business Wire

Book slams economists and their forecasts

WASHINGTON — Jeff Madrick has a bone to pick with the economics profession, and that's putting it nicely. Consider the title of his new book: "Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World."The book amounts to a broadside on...

Date: 10/31/2014 | Business Wire

U.S. economy grows at solid 3.5%

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy expanded at a solid pace in the third quarter, beating expectations and adding a little more momentum in the face of increased risks from slower global growth and heightened uncertainty in financial markets.The nation's gross domestic...

Date: 10/30/2014 | Business Wire

Fed ends bond buying in brighter job market

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market — a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike.

Date: 10/29/2014 | Business Wire

Jobless aid applications hit 14-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting fewer workers and hiring could remain healthy.

Date: 10/17/2014 | Business Wire

Canada’s jobless rate falls to 6-year-low

OTTAWA — Canada’s jobless rate fell to the lowest in almost six years in September on the biggest monthly increase in employment since May 2013.

Date: 10/11/2014 | Business Wire

Where are Americans’ pay raises?

WASHINGTON — Where are the pay raises?Employers in the United States are hiring at a brisk pace. Unemployment has sunk to a nearly healthy rate. Jobs are being filled across a range of industries.Yet the September jobs report released Friday contained a...

Date: 10/03/2014 | Business Wire

Private sector adds 213,000 jobs

WASHINGTON — The private sector added 213,000 net new jobs last month, indicating that the labor market rebounded after a disappointing August, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday.The September job growth was an improvement from ADP's figure for the...

Date: 10/02/2014 | Business Wire

American elites fail to understand economy

WASHINGTON — Here are a few questions I’d like you to consider, and you don’t need to be an economist to give a valid responses. In fact, it’s better if you’re not.

Date: 09/20/2014 | Business

Jobless claims decline to two-month low

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits plunged last week to a two-month low, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen.

Date: 09/18/2014 | Business

More small firms closing than opening

Americans are starting fewer businesses, new companies are going out of business more quickly, and the new firms that do get off the ground are creating fewer jobs.None of that bodes very well for an economy still trying to find its footing.

Date: 09/18/2014 | Business

Changes ahead in Boeing's big Everett plant

EVERETT — Boeing's venerable 747 faces an uncertain future, as do the 767 and the 777 classic. Those older airplane models have threadbare customer demand.Robots, meanwhile, have slashed the number of people needed to paint a 777 wing, and more bots are on the way to...

Date: 09/07/2014 | Business

U.S. job growth drops to 142,000

WASHINGTON — A surprising drop in hiring and in the number of people seeking work in August sent a reminder that the U.S. economic recovery is still prone to temporary slowdowns.

Date: 09/06/2014 | Business

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