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    Unemployment rate drops to 9.7 percent

    WASHINGTON. - Although the numbers look a bit better, the unemployment report for January shows just how much of the recession still has to be overcome.>>
    WASHINGTON. - Although the numbers look a bit better, the unemployment report for January shows just how much of the recession still has to be overcome. The government now estimates that 8.4 million jobs vanished during the recession, and economists think the nation will be lucky to get back 1.5 million of them this year.>>
  • Economy grows at 5.7 percent pace

    Economy grows at 5.7 percent pace

    WASHINGTON. - The economy grew for a second straight quarter from October through December, posting a 5.7 percent annual rate, the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2003.>>
    WASHINGTON. - The economy grew for a second straight quarter from October through December, posting a 5.7 percent annual rate, the fastest pace since the third quarter of 2003. The Commerce Department report is the strongest evidence to date that the worst recession since the 1930s ended last year. Meanwhile, wages and benefits were up 1.5 percent, the weakest showing on records that go back to 1982.>>
  • Forecast: Job picture gloomy for rest of year, U.S. faced with record deficit

    Forecast: Job picture gloomy for rest of year, U.S. faced with record deficit

    WASHINGTON. - The day before his State Of The Union speech and his prime time effort to win back lost support, President Obama got a devastating projection on the nation's key issue: the economy.>>
    WASHINGTON. - The day before his State Of The Union speech and his prime time effort to win back lost support, President Obama got a devastating projection on the nation's key issue: the economy. Unemployment will stay at or above 10 percent for the rest of this year and improve only slightly next year.>>
  • Washington unemployment rate jumps to 9.5 percent

    Washington unemployment rate jumps to 9.5 percent

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's unemployment rate was up to 9.5 percent in December, a half a percentage point increase from the month before.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's unemployment rate was up to 9.5 percent in December, a half a percentage point increase from the month before.>>
  • Study: Americans increasingly unhappy with their work

    Study: Americans increasingly unhappy with their work

    WASHINGTON. - If you're unhappy at work, you're in good company. A research group says job satisfaction is the lowest its been since the group began studying it 22 years ago.>>
    WASHINGTON. - If you're unhappy at work, you're in good company. A research group says job satisfaction is the lowest its been since the group began studying it 22 years ago. The Conference Board says only 45 percent of Americans say they're satisfied with their work. That's down from 49 percent in 2008, and 61 percent in 1987. The deep recession gets part of the blame, because it's become harder for some people to find challenging and suitable jobs.>>

WASHINGTON. - When employers hire temporary staff after a recession, it's long been seen as a sign they'll soon hire permanent workers.
     
After the 1990-1991 recession, for instance, gains in temporary hiring starting in August 1991 led almost immediately to stepped-up permanent hiring. And after the 2001 recession, temporary hiring rose for three straight months in the summer of 2003. By September, employers were adding full-time jobs each month.
     
This time around, companies have hired more temps for four straight months. Yet they remain reluctant to make permanent hires because of doubts about the economic recovery's durability.
     
Even companies that are boosting production seem inclined to get by with their existing workers, plus temporary staff if necessary.

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  • Upriver/Beacon Fire 0 percent contained, no road closures in place

    Upriver/Beacon Fire 0 percent contained, no road closures in place

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:40 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:40:57 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Firefighters say all roads closed while crews work to contain the Upriver Beacon fire have been reopened Wednesday afternoon. The fire remains 0 percent contained, but firefighters continue to strengthen the line around the fire and expect containment numbers to go up soon. Upriver Drive was closed east of Frederick and west of Argonne overnight Tuesday, but was reopened Wednesday afternoon. No road closures are in place.

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Firefighters say all roads closed while crews work to contain the Upriver Beacon fire have been reopened Wednesday afternoon. The fire remains 0 percent contained, but firefighters continue to strengthen the line around the fire and expect containment numbers to go up soon. Upriver Drive was closed east of Frederick and west of Argonne overnight Tuesday, but was reopened Wednesday afternoon. No road closures are in place.

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  • Post Falls man dies in Spokane Valley crash

    Post Falls man dies in Spokane Valley crash

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:13 AM EDT2018-07-18 05:13:40 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Post Falls man died in a collision involving a motorcycle and semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Spokane Valley. Around 3:53 p.m., a Peterbilt semi-truck was heading westbound on Trent turning north into a private parking lot from the second lane when a Suzuki motorcycle in the first lane turned in front of the semi and collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 65-year-old Michael Arnold of Post Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Post Falls man died in a collision involving a motorcycle and semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Spokane Valley. Around 3:53 p.m., a Peterbilt semi-truck was heading westbound on Trent turning north into a private parking lot from the second lane when a Suzuki motorcycle in the first lane turned in front of the semi and collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 65-year-old Michael Arnold of Post Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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  • Fire lined vs. fire containment: What's the difference?

    Fire lined vs. fire containment: What's the difference?

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:48 PM EDT2018-07-18 17:48:19 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - We've had a lot of questions about what firefighters  are talking about when they say that the fire is 100 percent lined, but that the Upriver-Beacon fire is 0% contained. Here's the gist, according to firefighters: Containment is essentially their faith in the strength of the fire line. So when they say there is a line around 100 percent of the fire, but 0 percent containment, it means they are concerned that the fire could jump the line.

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - We've had a lot of questions about what firefighters  are talking about when they say that the fire is 100 percent lined, but that the Upriver-Beacon fire is 0% contained. Here's the gist, according to firefighters: Containment is essentially their faith in the strength of the fire line. So when they say there is a line around 100 percent of the fire, but 0 percent containment, it means they are concerned that the fire could jump the line.

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