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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

Q&A: Rule changes for food stamps in NW and around country

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Federal rules that took effect this month in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Northwest

Fed voices concern about global economic pressures

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Business Wire

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

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

Seattle Weekly lays off 6 staffers, shifts to freelancers

SEATTLE — The Seattle Weekly will lay off six of its 21 employees at the end of the year.The Seattle Times reported the job cuts at the Weekly will largely affect the editorial and production departments.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Northwest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nation requires idle to pay for not working

MINSK, Belarus — Under a new measure in Belarus, people who work less than half the year will have to pay the government for their idleness.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Business Wire

Boeing to lay off 153 workers in Puget Sound region

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

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

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

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