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PHOTOS: Elizabeth Warren Rallies in Seattle

Washington state’s primary is Tuesday, March 10; voters should have received their ballots by Thursday, Feb. 27

Support for Black Reparations Grows in Congress

The Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans Act now has 125 cosponsors

Shifting Demographics Drive GOP Nosedive on US West Coast

Political districts have flipped in population centers, from San Diego in the south to Seattle in the north

'A World of Hurt': 39 States to Investigate JUUL's Marketing

Oregon is one of five states leading a bipartisan coalition looking into JUUL’s targeting of youth vaping

NEWS BRIEFS

Washington’s March 10 Presidential Primary Ballots Mailed to Voters

Voters required to make party declaration for this election only ...

State and Federal Agencies Aid Sunken Tugboat in Columbia River

Divers plugged fuel vents this afternoon and the vessel is not actively leaking ...

Multnomah County Promotes Voter Education Project

Multnomah County is partnering with National Association of Secretary of States (NASS) to promote #TRUSTEDINFO2020 ...

New Travel Ban Takes Effect, National Groups Respond

The expansion of the Muslim ban targets more Black immigrants ...

Harris, Booker Applaud House For Announcing Vote on Anti-Lynching Legislation

After passing the House, the bill will head to the president’s desk to be signed into law ...

Suburban Seattle high school closed over new virus concerns

BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) — A suburban Seattle high school was closed Thursday after a staffer's family member was placed in quarantine for showing symptoms of possibly contracting the new virus that started in China - an action health officials say is unnecessary.Bothell High school, bout 20...

Man arrested by ICE near his kids’ school bus stop

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A father who had just put his children on a school bus was arrested last week by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents near Portland, officials said.On Feb. 19, the man, identified by ICE as Tomas Galvan-Rodriguez, dropped his children off at a school bus stop,...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Steyer courts voters that Biden needs for decisive SC win

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden's political future depends on convincing South Carolina's black voters to rally behind his flagging campaign. But Tom Steyer has spent millions trying to win those same voters and visited a historic black church in this coastal town on Wednesday to make a...

MLB appoints 1st black umpire crew chief

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerwin Danley became the first African American umpire crew chief in Major League Baseball when a series of promotions, additions and retirements were announced Thursday.The moves included Alfonso Marquez being elevated to the second Hispanic crew chief in MLB history.Crew...

Court dismisses appeal of gag order in missing mom case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal of a gag order that a judge imposed in the case of Fotis Dulos, who died after a suicide attempt last month while accused of killing his estranged wife.Dulos' lawyer, Norman Pattis, had appealed the order, saying it...

ENTERTAINMENT

Film Review: 'Invisible Man' is a cunning if empty remake

Unraveling the dusted bandages of H.G. Wells’ classic 1897 science-fiction novel, writer-director Leigh Whannell has refashioned “The Invisible Man” as a bracingly modern #MeToo allegory that, despite its brutal craft, rings hollow. Our image of Wells’ villain —...

Soundtrack City: How Nashville is awash in film, game scores

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville is already known as Music City, but a new wave of music being recorded there for video games, TV shows and movies could earn it a new title as Soundtrack City. The city has a reputation for high quality studio musicians that can play just about any genre,...

Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of popular soaps, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lee Phillip Bell, who co-created “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” and hosted her own daytime talk show in Chicago for 33 years, has died. She was 91.Bell died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

MLB appoints 1st black umpire crew chief

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerwin Danley became the first African American umpire crew chief in Major League Baseball...

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds

NEW YORK (AP) — About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government...

Scars of violence haunt India's capital after deadly riots

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's hard-line Hindu nationalists watched anti-government protests centered in Muslim...

Putin rejected offer to use body doubles during Chechen war

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had rejected an offer to use body doubles for...

Syrian opposition fighters retake key town, cut highway

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters retook a strategic northwestern town from government...

3,000-strong African force planned against Sahel extremism

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have decided to work on deploying 3,000 troops to West...

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By The Skanner News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The unemployment rate in Oregon remained flat at 11 percent in December but there was a small sign of job growth.

The jobless rate has barely budged for the last four months of 2009 -- just like the national unemployment rate, which is stuck at about 10 percent.
But Oregon added 2,900 jobs in December -- the first substantial monthly job gain since July 2008.
Education and health services led the gains, along with manufacturing and transportation. But construction and logging posted some losses for December.
Washington's unemployment rate jumped to 9.5 percent in December, the state's highest rate since 1984, state officials said Tuesday.
Dave Wallace, chief economist with the Employment Security Department, said that despite the month-to-month rise in unemployment, there was some good news: the 23,700 jobs lost in the last six months of 2009 were notably less than the 80,000 job losses in the first six months of the year.
"Employment is a lagging economic indicator, so coming out of a recession, it is typical for jobs to be the last thing to return," he said. "But overall, job losses are clearly trending downward, and that's a positive sign."
November's unemployment rate, originally reported at 9.2 percent, was later revised down to 9 percent. Wallace said the state unemployment rate hit 9.6 percent in February 1984. The highest rate since the mid-1970s was in November 1982, when it hit 12.2 percent.
Until last month, the state's jobless rate had hovered around 9 percent since summer, and Arun Raha, the state's chief economist, has said he expects it to peak at about 9.8 percent in the spring. The national unemployment rate for December was 10 percent.
Washington has lost more than 106,000 jobs since December 2008, a 3.6 percent decrease. Nationally, employment declined by 3.1 percent during the same time.
Construction lost the most jobs last month, down about 1,900. That industry has seen 23 consecutive months of job losses, state officials said. Government lost 1,500 jobs, with the bulk -- 1,400 -- in local government. State payrolls remained unchanged, while the federal government shed 100 jobs. Financial activities was down 800, transportation, warehousing and utilities were down 700, and manufacturing was down 400.
The biggest job gains were seen in education and health services, up 800, and professional and business services, up 700. Leisure and hospitality gained 500 jobs last month, while retail trade was up 400.
State officials said more than 334,000 people were unemployed and looking for work last month.
The highest unemployment rate in the state is 14.3 percent in Clark County in the southwest. Whitman County in the east has the lowest mark at 4.6 percent. The largest county, King, was 8.5 percent.

 


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