Washington State Jobless Rate At 6%

Posted by Steve Leader on November 19, 2014

Photo courtesy: Associated Press

Washington state’s unemployment rate rose slightly in October to 6 percent, up from 5.7% in September.

State labor economists say the increase is tied to a larger number of people who looked for work last month, 12,200 more than September.

Wednesday’s numbers are preliminary and will likely be revised.

No Break For Fliers

Posted by Steve Leader on November 18, 2014
Airlines Cheaper Fuel

Photos courtesy: Associated Press, University of Portland

Consumers should not expect lower airfares just because the price of jet fuel has fallen. A professor of finance and transportation at the University of Portland says the airline industry sees no need to cut fares.

According to Richard Gritta, demand for tickets is healthy and the airlines can price the way they want to.

Gritta …

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Oregon Employers Hire Most Workers In 20 Years

Posted by Associated Press on November 18, 2014

SALEM, Ore. — State figures show that Oregon employers went on a hiring spree this fall, adding nearly 10,000 jobs in October.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday that’s the largest one-month gain in jobs since August 1995, when more than 10,400 jobs were added.

The agency said hiring was particularly strong in three sectors: manufacturing, health care, and professional and business …

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U.S. Postal Service Has Been Hacked

Posted by Associated Press on November 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is the victim of a cyberattack and that information about its employees, including Social Security numbers, may have been compromised.

The FBI and other federal agencies are investigating, the agency said in a statement.

Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer said personal information that may have been obtained in the attack includes employees’ names, …

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Portland City Hall Considering $46M Street Fee

Posted by Associated Press on November 10, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has proposed a $46 million street fee that commissioners could approve without a public vote.

At a press conference Monday, Hales acknowledged that “no one is going to love” what he and Commissioner Steve Novick are presenting, but the money is needed to fix roads.

If council approves, Portland residents will pay a tax for …

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