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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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.
Credit Andreas Klinke Johannsen / Flickr

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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Washington Unemployment
4:51 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Washington Unemployment Drops, But Economic Weaknesses Remain

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 3:45 pm

The unemployment rate in Washington dropped a notch in November.

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4:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 2008

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:07 pm

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

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Unemployment Benefits
5:39 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Face End Of Benefits

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.

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Holiday Shopping
5:31 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

How Much Will Holiday Shoppers Spend In '13?

Northwest economists predict holiday shoppers will spend less this year.

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 3:14 pm

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

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