construction trades http://www.kplu.org en Career fair seeks women for jobs in the trades http://www.kplu.org/post/career-fair-seeks-women-jobs-trades <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-967186.mp3</p><p>The recession has been tough on workers in the trades. The latest state unemployment report showed <a href="http://www.workforceexplorer.com/article.asp?ARTICLEID=11073&amp;PAGEID=148&amp;SUBID=">construction had a particularly bad month between February and March</a>. That&rsquo;s not stopping a job fair aimed at attracting more women to building and repair industries.</p><p> Thu, 05 May 2011 15:26:25 +0000 Charla Bear 1537 at http://www.kplu.org Career fair seeks women for jobs in the trades Race to build apartments could be good for renters and construction workers http://www.kplu.org/post/race-build-apartments-could-be-good-renters-and-construction-workers <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-964399.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-964399.mp3</a></p><p>Some industries are slowly creating jobs again, but construction isn&rsquo;t really one of them. The state <a href="http://www.workforceexplorer.com/article.asp?ARTICLEID=11073&amp;PAGEID=148&amp;SUBID=">lost about 2,400 construction jobs</a> just last month, according to state employment economists. But in Seattle, hope could be on the horizon.</p><p>The clanking and pounding sounds of construction are starting to return to the city. Some builders who work on high-rise projects have been able to dust off their nail guns, thanks to a <a href="http://kplu.org/post/seattle-rental-vacancies-about-low-they-can-go">growing demand for apartments</a>.</p><p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:20:54 +0000 Charla Bear 1244 at http://www.kplu.org Race to build apartments could be good for renters and construction workers State's jobless rate drops slightly http://www.kplu.org/post/states-jobless-rate-drops-slightly <p>Unemployment ticked downward in Washington state in February as hiring picked up. The changes were small, but the job market <a href="http://www.workforceexplorer.com/cgi/dataanalysis/?PAGEID=148">seems to have &ldquo;turned the corner,&rdquo; </a>according to the State&#39;s Employment Security department.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:36:19 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1005 at http://www.kplu.org State's jobless rate drops slightly