The "steady upward climb" in job creation around the Northwest continues this summer.


A new lawsuit in Idaho claims the same legal argument that paved the way for gay marriage in the state should also make it illegal to refuse to hire gay people.

Eugene Approves Sick Leave Ordinance

Jul 29, 2014
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The Eugene City Council has joined Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in approving a mandatory sick leave law. The ordinance passed Monday on a 5 to 3 vote.

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Steady job gains are chipping away at the unemployment rate in Washington state. New numbers released by the employment department show the statewide jobless rate dropped to 6.1 percent in April, down from 6.3 percent in March.

Tough Choices Ahead For Coldwater Creek Workers

Apr 29, 2014
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The Idaho Department of Labor is holding a session this week to help hundreds of people in north Idaho who will lose their jobs when Coldwater Creek goes out of business. The Sandpoint-based retailer is going bankrupt after years of declining sales. It will be hard for workers to find new jobs in the region.

The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent.  The Employment Security Department said the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. 

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The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.4 percent. The Employment Department Wednesday released fresh monthly stats covering February. State labor economist Paul Turek says an economy in growth mode is luring discouraged job seekers off the sidelines and swelling the labor pool.

"The labor market was able to sufficiently absorb the new numbers that entered into the labor force in terms of providing some jobs for them. So it is positive even though the unemployment rate did not drop and stayed constant," said Turek.

Oregon Unemployment Continues To Fall

Mar 18, 2014

New numbers out Tuesday show Oregon's unemployment rate continued its gradual decline in February, falling to a seasonally adjusted 6.9 percent.  As David Nogueras reports from Oregon Public Broadcasting, that's the lowest it's been since August of 2008.

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employers in Oregon added 2,900 jobs last month, marking the 8th consecutive monthly gain in seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll employment. Two thirds of those jobs were in the private sector.

About 300 people will keep their jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

New numbers for December from the Washington state employment department peg the current jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The last time it was lower was in November 2008.