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Washington unemployment drops to lowest in six years

Washington unemployment drops to lowest in six years

Thanks to a boost in June, Washington's unemployment numbers have dropped to their lowest levels in six years to 5.8 percent – that's according to the state's Employment Security Department.

Industry sectors saw the largest growth with 2,600 jobs. Retail grew by 2,200, leisure and hospitality by 1,900 and wholesale trade by 1,400. Professional and business services, information, manufacturing, financial services and mining also saw growth in the hundreds.

“After a hiring lull in May, Washington employers really picked up the pace in June,” said Paul Turek, an economist with the department. “The state's economy is picking up momentum and the near term job outlook is good.”

During the one-year period ending in June, Employment Security estimates that employers created 84,700 jobs.

Spokane Humane Society celebrates 117th birthday

Spokane Humane Society celebrates 117th birthday

The Spokane Humane Society is celebrating it's 117th birthday in top dog fashion this weekend!

Starting at 11 am and running until 2 pm, everyone who has adopted from the shelter in the past is welcome to bring them back for an alumni reunion. And if you haven't found your forever friend yet, this could be the place.

“Come have fun, come check it out, eat some cake and have a hot dog. And if you don't have a dog, you're still welcome. Maybe it's time for you to get one and become part of the alumni team,” said organizer Jenna Carroll.

The celebration also includes demos from local dog activity groups and a “Hope, Love and Muddy Paws,” photo contest.

Past and present staff, board members and volunteers are encouraged to attend.

There is no admission fee.

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

You can enjoy the sun this weekend and support local troops at the same time with a Family Carnival in the Spokane Valley.

Penny Horst is a military spouse and group coordinator for family readiness, working with the families of soldiers on deployment to keep them updated on their loved ones status and eventual return date.

She says the next group of soldiers coming home are from across the inland northwest, and all stationed at the Hayden Army Reserve Station in north Idaho. She's organizing Saturday's carnival to help cover their welcome home party.

“We want to make sure family members aren't responsible for the costs,” Horst said.

The carnival is being held at the Combat Vet Riders clubhouse in the Spokane Valley from 11 am to 4 pm, and the riders are donating their time and services to help pull of the afternoon of fun.

 

Family Carnival

Saturday, July 12

Interstate Fair hiring 150 employees

Interstate Fair hiring 150 employees

The Spokane County Interstate Fair may feel like it's still a way off, but it will be here sooner than you think and with more than 150 job positions to fill!

Whether you want to work as a ticket taker, clerk or something else all together, they've got the perfect position for everyone.

Anyone interested in applying is required to attend one of two job fairs being held at the Fair and Expo Center next week. Be sure to bring at least two pieces of government-issued identification like your social security card, driver's license or military ID.

The first job fair is Wednesday, July 16 from 4-6 pm. The second is Saturday, July 19 from 8:30-10:30 am, just follow the posted signs to Bay 3.

For more information, contact the Fair and Expo Center Office at (509) 477-1766.

 

Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

404 N Havana

Spokane Valley, WA

YWCA Spokane looking for Women of Achievement nominations

YWCA Spokane looking for Women of Achievement nominations

The YWCA of Spokane is accepting nominations for their annual Woman of Achievement celebration.

From their website:

The YWCA has honored women in our community for the past 32 years. These women embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all of its citizens to live. They demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community in one or more of the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Business and Industry
  • Community Enhancement
  • Education
  • Science, Technology and Environment

 

A panel of judges will select the recipients of each award, to be honored at the Women of Achievement Luncheon in October.

A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

Legal marijuana sales kicked off Tuesday across Washington, including at one of three confirmed stores here in Spokane, with enthusiasts in line hours before opening.

But what about the curious among us who have never taken a puff in our lives, but are ready to give it a try now that it's legal and easily accessible?

“It can be a little alien if it's their first time,” said Green Leaf customer service representative Chad Welsh. “To walk in here and think 'What are these devices?' and 'What is your product all about?'”

A big part of Chad's job is to help guide first-timers through the experience, with tips on the product, how to smoke and what to smoke with. I also spoke with Daniel Wendling, general manager at Piece of Mind and assistant manager at the licensed pot shop Satori just next door, and put together a how-to of sorts for the first time smoker.

 

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