job market http://www.kplu.org en Washington records unusually strong job gains in January http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-records-unusually-strong-job-gains-january <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030613TB_Elling_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington recorded unusually strong job gains in January. That's according to new numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Department. A regular survey of businesses found more than 24,000 new jobs created.<p>The state's chief labor economist, Joe Elling, says there's evidence of gathering "momentum" in the economy. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 23:22:00 +0000 Tom Banse 7925 at http://www.kplu.org High demand for women in trades http://www.kplu.org/post/high-demand-women-trades <p>If the skyrocketing cost of a college degree seems intimidating, you might want to consider the skilled trades as an alternative &ndash; especially if you&rsquo;re female.</p><p>That was the message at the<a href="http://www.wawomenintrades.com/jobfair.html"> Washington Women in Trades</a> annual career fair at Seattle Center, where dozens of employers aimed to recruit young women, enticing them with the chance to try their hand as a carpenter, painter or steelworker.</p> Sat, 12 May 2012 01:13:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5011 at http://www.kplu.org High demand for women in trades Local aerospace still strong, but sector must not rest on its laurels http://www.kplu.org/post/local-aerospace-still-strong-sector-must-not-rest-its-laurels <p>Washington State inspires envy all over the globe for the large and growing number of high-wage jobs located in the Puget Sound region.</p><p>At the heart of our economy is Boeing and the aerospace sector that has grown up around it.&nbsp;Government leaders, unions and policy experts have been patting themselves on the back lately for keeping and growing these jobs.</p><p>They also know the competition never rests.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:55:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3764 at http://www.kplu.org Local aerospace still strong, but sector must not rest on its laurels Some 2-year degrees trump bachelor's degrees for jobs, income http://www.kplu.org/post/some-2-year-degrees-trump-bachelors-degrees-jobs-income <p>We&#39;ve heard a lot of stories lately about the struggles of young, unemployed people with college degrees. A Washington State agency says the reason for that is a lot of students are choosing the wrong majors for this economy.</p><p>If they spent less time and money on school, they might have an easier time getting a job and make more money, at least in the short term.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 23:53:15 +0000 Charla Bear 3655 at http://www.kplu.org Some 2-year degrees trump bachelor's degrees for jobs, income Jobless in Idaho: Laid off mill worker uncertain of his future http://www.kplu.org/post/jobless-idaho-laid-mill-worker-uncertain-his-future <p>When the Clearwater Paper sawmill announced it was selling its Lewiston mill to the Idaho Forest Group back in October, the fate of 250 mill jobs was unclear. For many, it still is, even as the mill gets ready to re-open next week. For one of those laid-off workers, the upcoming holidays are just a reminder of that uncertainty.</p><p>This year, December 25th has taken on a new meaning for Allen Brown. It&rsquo;s the day he&rsquo;ll receive his final severance-pay-check from the former Clearwater Paper sawmill in Lewiston. &ldquo;So, Merry Christmas,&quot; Brown says. &quot;I&rsquo;ll be trying to live on unemployment and raise three kids and myself.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:42:40 +0000 Boise State Public Radio 3464 at http://www.kplu.org Jobless in Idaho: Laid off mill worker uncertain of his future Script: Jobless in Idaho - College grad starts from scratch http://www.kplu.org/post/script-jobless-idaho-college-grad-starts-scratch <p>Nearly 70,000 people in Idaho don&rsquo;t have jobs. That&rsquo;s according to estimates from the Idaho Department of Labor. That figure doesn&rsquo;t take into account the thousands of people who are underemployed or who&rsquo;ve given up the search.</p><p>Justy Thomas was 34 years old then, and like so many in her situation, was at a crossroads. When Thomas lost her job four years ago she decided to college.</p><p>Thomas: &quot;I wanted to do a reset. I wanted to change my career&quot;</p><p>She says going to college also seemed like a necessity.</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:02:34 +0000 Northwest News Network 3166 at http://www.kplu.org Washington lost jobs in May http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-lost-jobs-may <p>Washington&#39;s slow economic recovery is sputtering.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:06:42 +0000 The Associated Press 1876 at http://www.kplu.org Washington lost jobs in May Grays Harbor Paper closing Hoquiam mill http://www.kplu.org/post/grays-harbor-paper-closing-hoquiam-mill <p>Grays Harbor Paper has shut down its mill in <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=hoquiam&amp;btnG=Search+the+web">Hoquiam</a>, putting a dour end to what had been a success story for 18 years.&nbsp;</p><p>240 workers are losing their jobs. Many were shocked by the announcement, according to <a href="http://www.nwcn.com/home/?fId=122670634&amp;fPath=/news/local&amp;fDomain=10212">King-5 news. </a></p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I thought this place was going to be in for the long haul,&rdquo; said Tony Harris, who had worked for Grays Harbor Paper for two years.</p> Fri, 27 May 2011 14:19:35 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & The Associated Press 1686 at http://www.kplu.org Grays Harbor Paper closing Hoquiam mill Worker retraining programs run dry at community colleges http://www.kplu.org/post/worker-retraining-programs-run-dry-community-colleges <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956446.mp3</p><p>Unemployed workers are facing yet another obstacle as they try to get back on their feet. A lot of community colleges have run out of money to retrain them for in-demand jobs.&nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s hard enough for most people to find work right now, let alone those whose fields have been pummeled by the recession. Changes in the job market have driven more workers than ever to take advantage of grants for retraining. So many, that even though the state spent $17.6 million to train an extra 3,784 people this year, it hasn&rsquo;t been enough.</p><p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 15:53:50 +0000 Charla Bear 935 at http://www.kplu.org Worker retraining programs run dry at community colleges