WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level since the pandemic struck last year, further evidence that the U.S. economy and job market are quickly rebounding from the pandemic recession.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Fred Meyer warehouse workers have voted unanimously to authorize a strike, which could disrupt food distribution at 180 locations across the Pacific Northwest as early as Monday.

Performing arts venues took a big hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of them canceling the majority of their 2020 programming to comply with health and safety guidelines. Recently announced federal grant money is helping many organizations and venues in Idaho, such as the Idaho Fall…

WASHINGTON (AP) — As America’s job market rebounds this summer and the need for workers intensifies, employers won’t likely have a chance to relax anytime soon. Worker shortages will likely persist for years after the fast-reopening economy shakes off its growing pains.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months of sharply rising prices have raised concerns that record-high government financial aid and the Federal Reserve’s ultra-low interest rate policies — when the economy is already surging — have elevated the risk of accelerating inflation.

DALLAS (AP) — The airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic passed a milestone as more than 2 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Friday for the first time since early March 2020.

John V. Evans Jr. promotes Taylor Crossley to assistant vice president commercial loan officerJohn V. Evans Jr., president and chief executive officer of D.L. Evans Bank, announced the promotion of Taylor Crossley as assistant vice president commercial loan officer for the Ammon branch. As a…

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 559,000 jobs in May, an improvement from April’s sluggish gain but still evidence that many companies are struggling to find enough workers as the economy rapidly recovers from the pandemic recession.

West Side and East Side Soil and Water Conservation Districts gift Community Food Basket

I.F.’s Schwarze selected for US Chamber Foundation fellowship The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced Chip Schwarze, president/CEO of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, was selected to participate in the fifth cohort of its premier business leadership program.

This week offers a smattering of business news as we round the Memorial Day corner heading into arguably the best season the Rockies have to offer: summer. This season promises a little more to look forward to as we pull out of a tough winter in the midst of a pandemic.

STOWE, Vt. — Eduardo Rovetto is hoping the state of Vermont’s reinstated requirement that people who are collecting unemployment benefits must seek work to qualify will help him hire enough staff for his restaurant in the resort town of Stowe.

The sun is out, the vaccines are in arms and Idaho Falls is posed to enjoy some of the best of the best that spring has to offer: film, music, brew and, well, a monster truck rally because everyone needs a cherry on top these days.

Voight named EIRMC’s Chief Nursing OfficerJohn Voight, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has joined Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center as its Chief Nursing Officer.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — While most states pursue ways to boost renewable energy, Wyoming is doing the opposite with a new program aimed at propping up the dwindling coal industry by suing other states that block exports of Wyoming coal and cause Wyoming coal-fired power plants to shut down.

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months, dropping to levels that could trigger the federal government’s first-ever official shortage declaration and prompt c…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers said Sunday they have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one company to move ahead with plans to manufacture batteries in Georgia. President Joe Biden called it “a win for American workers and the Americ…

Tyler Kraupp, director of marketing at Bank of Idaho, has been honored by Idaho Business Review as part of its “Accomplished Under 40” for 2021.

Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative, which serves more than 14,000 electrical consumers in parts of three states is seeking candidates for election to its board of directors.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion i…

DETROIT (AP) — It’s a question occupying the minds of millions of employees who have worked from home the past year: Will they still be allowed to work remotely — at least some days — once the pandemic has faded?

MAXWELL, Iowa — Sudden meat shortages last year because of the coronavirus led to millions of dollars in federal grants to help small meat processors expand so the nation could lessen its reliance on giant slaughterhouses to supply grocery stores and restaurants.

WASHINGTON — U.S. hiring accelerated more quickly than expected last month, evidence that a year after the pandemic took hold, the economy is strengthening as virus cases drop and vaccinations ramp up.