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.

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops To Five-Year Low

Jan 22, 2014
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December’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 percent to 7 percent. That’s the lowest mark in five years, according to the Oregon Employment Department. 

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About 45,000 people in the Northwest will face the new year without the unemployment benefits they've come to rely on. Congress declined to extend the payments as part of a budget deal this month.

The unemployment rate in Washington dropped a notch in November.

Oregon's unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than five years according to numbers released by the Oregon Employment Department Tuesday.

Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits

Dec 16, 2013

Unemployment benefits are about to run out for tens of thousands of Northwesterners. Without a Congressional extension, payments will stop later this month to people who've been without a job for more than six months.

There is a new whistleblower at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. But it doesn’t have to do with technical concerns.

Washington state hit a 'soft patch' in hiring and is looking at slow overall growth. That news comes from two new data points on the Washington economy out Wednesday.

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.7 Percent

Nov 19, 2013
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Oregon’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent. This is the lowest it’s been in the five years since the start of the Great Recession.

U.S. Senate Passes Employment Anti-Discrimination Act

Nov 8, 2013
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After a nearly 20-year battle to approve the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act, the U.S. Senate Thursday passed it by a two-to-one margin. The bill would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

 Put away those goblins and ghosts and bust out the elves. In stores, the winter holidays are already here.

An Army Reservist will collect back pay from an Everett, Wash. company accused of violating his reemployment rights.

Washington and Idaho want recently furloughed federal workers to repay unemployment benefits. But a quirk in Oregon law means affected workers in Oregon will get to keep whatever they received.

Oregon Has Evidence The Economy Continues To Improve

Oct 14, 2013
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There won’t be any state unemployment numbers coming out this week because of the government shutdown. But still, the Oregon Employment Department says it has evidence the economy continues to improve. 

The National Park Service Thursday tried to sort out confusion among motorists about the extent of the partial government shutdown: State highways crossing federal land remain open to thru traffic.

According to fresh numbers out Wednesday from the state employment department, the unemployment rate in Washington state edged up slightly in August to an even 7 percent as hiring slowed.

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Edges Up

Sep 17, 2013
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Oregon's unemployment has rate edged up slightly for the second month in a row. It now stands 8.1%.

Washington's statewide unemployment rate is staying "pretty flat" this summer according to a state labor economist. A fresh jobs report released Wednesday shows the unemployment rate ticked up a tiny bit to 6.9 percent in July, from 6.8 percent in June.

But state economist Paul Turek says he puts more stock in a different number from the monthly jobs report. He says the number of new jobs created last month continues to expand at a "decent" pace.

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Increases To 8 Percent

Aug 13, 2013

Oregon’s unemployment rate increased slightly to eight percent in July. This is the first time the jobless rate increased this year. 

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The unemployment rate held steady in Washington state in June. It stands at 6.8 percent, according to the monthly update released in Olympia Wednesday.

It's still not clear when the Oregon legislature will wrap up its work for the year. Lawmakers could vote as soon as Tuesday on a controversial package that would raise some taxes and cut benefits to retired public employees.

But lawmakers have other work to do, such as finalizing budgets for several large state agencies.

One might expect that they would be in a great hurry to get out of here before the Fourth of July but remember, their original adjournment target was last Friday, June 28th. So they've already blown through that deadline.