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Sick Leave Ordinance
5:31 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Eugene Approves Sick Leave Ordinance

The Eugene City Council approved a mandatory sick leave law Monday.
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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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Unemployment Rate
4:37 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Steady Job Gains Chip Away At Jobless Rate in Washington State

Steady job gains are chipping away at the unemployment rate in Washington state.
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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.

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Idaho Employment
4:38 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Tough Choices Ahead For Coldwater Creek Workers

The Coldwater Creek store in Kennewick, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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.

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Washington Unemployment
4:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington State Unemployment Shows Slow Improvement

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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Jobless Rate
4:52 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Unemployment Holds Steady In Washington In Feb., Dips In Oregon

Credit Washington Employment Security Department

    

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.

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Oregon Jobless Rate
4:13 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oregon Unemployment Continues To Fall

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.

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Hanford Layoffs
5:29 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Hundreds Of Expected Layoffs At Hanford Canceled

File photo of a crew working on a waste tank at Hanford in 2010.
U.S. Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 5:23 pm

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

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Washington Unemployment
4:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Unemployment Rate In Washington Lowest In More Than 5 Years

The unemployment rate in Washington state has fallen to the lowest level in five years.

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:58 pm

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.

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Oregon Unemployment
4:35 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops To Five-Year Low

December’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest mark in five years, according to the Oregon Employment Department.
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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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Unemployment Benefits
5:36 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Scramble As Loss Of Benefits Looms

Job seekers look for work at the Worksource Oregon office in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

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.

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