Hanford Whistleblower
4:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Hanford Whistleblower Emerges On Timecard Fraud Case

File photo of the CH2M Hill office in Englewood, Colo.
US Department of Transportation

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:43 pm

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

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Employment Growth
5:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington Sees 'Soft Patch' In Hiring, Slow Overall Growth

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 3:25 pm

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.

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Oregon Unemployment Rises
4:23 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Edges Up

In Augest the number of jobs in Oregon actually increased by around 4,500 jobs.
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Oregon's unemployment has rate edged up slightly for the second month in a row. It now stands 8.1%.

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Northwest Empoyment
4:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Unemployment Rate Staying 'Pretty Flat' In Washington State

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Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 3:05 pm

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.

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Northwest Empoyment
5:24 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Increases To 8 Percent

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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Wash. Unemployment Drops
4:08 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Washington’s Unemployment Rate Continues Slow Drop

Washington State Capital in Olympia reportsthe state's jobless rate continues to inch downward.
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Washington’s jobless rate continues to inch downward. The April numbers out Wednesday put unemployment at 8.1 percent. That’s down from 8.3 percent in March. Most of April’s job growth was in manufacturing. State economist Dave Wallace says so far 2012 is proving to be a recovery year in Washington.

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Green Jobs
4:15 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

West Coast Governors Predict Massive Uptick In "Clean Economy" Jobs

More "clean economy" jobs expect for the West.
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The west coast is poised for a dramatic uptick in so-called "clean economy" jobs. That's the prediction issued Wednesday by the leaders of Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia. But as Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, it's not clear if the region can actually pull it off.

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Northwest mining
6:15 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Miners’ Prospects Reverse Of Economic Downturn

The Lucky Friday Mine in North Idaho announced it will shut down for a year to comply with Federal safety orders. Despite the dangers, recent high school graduates apply for high paying mining jobs.
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SILVER VALLEY, Idaho - They say the days when you could go from high school to a high-paying, blue collar job are long gone. But there are places in the Northwest where those days still exist -- that is, if you’re willing to work a mile underground.

For gold and silver miners, it looks like boom times right now. Rising salaries, more job opportunities. Even a recent layoff in north Idaho doesn't look like other layoffs. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has this story on a job that's seeing the reverse side of the economic downturn.

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Our Northwest Economy
12:14 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

Washington, Oregon jobless pictures improve

Washington employers added 58-hundred new jobs in April, lowering the state's unemployment rate for the first time in more than three years. The Oregon jobless rate held steady at 10-point-six percent, the same as in March, making it six straight months without any significant change. But that was still nearly a point less than April 2009, when the rate was 11.5 percent.

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