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Washington unemployment rate rises to 6 percent

first_imgOLYMPIA — Although the unemployment rate in Washington rose to 6 percent in October from 5.7 percent in September, there’s good news in the numbers, a state labor economist said Wednesday.The size of the state workforce grew by about 10,000 as more people started looking for jobs, said Paul Turek, a Washington Employment Security Department economist.People who weren’t considered part of the workforce because they didn’t have jobs and weren’t looking for them now think they have a chance to find work, he said.“Prospects are improving, so more people are entering the workforce and beginning to look for jobs,” Turek said after the monthly report for October. “But there weren’t enough jobs to support all the people who are looking.”There is evidence the economic recovery is continuing, he said. Washington’s jobless rate in October compares with 6.8 percent in the same month a year ago.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday May 20 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioPerson of interest in Gambell woman’s disappearance dies by suicideAssociated PressA body found outside the Bering Sea island community of Gambell has been identified as a missing village woman.Legislation in motion to grant tribal entities health care facilitiesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA U.S. House committee held a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would transfer federal lands in Tanana and Dillingham to tribal entities for health care facilities. HR 4289 would convey 11 acres in Tanana to the Tanana Tribal Council. Council Secretary Dorothy Jordan testified before the House Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs subcommittee in support of transfer of the former Indian Health Service hospital site.State, Southeast Conference agree to rework ferry systemEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe state and a regional development group are combining forces to come up with a new business and management plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.Flights grounded for Obama stop in AlaskaZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAviators in Southcentral Alaska are being asked to observe a temporary flight restriction Saturday evening during a brief presidential visit.Mat-Su school board selects new superintendentEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Matanuska Susitna Borough school board has announced a replacement for outgoing school superintendent Deena Paramo.New tribal court programs aim to reduce recidivismElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauTwo new tribal court programs are getting off the ground at Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. They’re focused on reducing recidivism.Geologists look at possibility of tsunami-inducing megaquakesZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaIn the next 50 years there’s a 9% chance of an Aleutian Islands earthquake so strong it could send a devastating tsunami to Hawaii. That’s according to researchers from University of Hawaii at Manoa.BBAHC on the frontlines against bed bugs in rural AlaskaHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamTwo Native Corporations are using a $100,000 EPA grant to get rural communities the tools they need to combat bed bug infestations.AK: Palmer, where the bison roamEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA new honor for the American bison.. it’s now an official national mammal.49 Voices: Greg Martinez of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Greg Martinez in Anchorage. Martinez is a UPS worker who moved to Anchorage from New York 12 years ago.last_img read more