The latest on paid family leave. Plus: tough economic times ahead, the rising unemployment rate, and jobless benefits.

November 7, 2008 | Alex Stone

Drive to split DSHS lives (so does family leave): Give credit to the old hands in the state Senate, who are already drafting bills for what will, no doubt, be a rock ’em, sock ’em session starting in January.

Tough times ahead: Tougher economic times are ahead, Washington state economists warned Thursday, but workers who make smart career decisions now will stay competitive.

Unemployment Rate at 14-Year High After Big October Losses: Squeezed by tight credit and plunging spending power, the American economy is shedding jobs at the fastest pace since 2001, and the losses could accelerate to levels not seen since the deep recession of the early 1980s.

25-year high for jobless benefits: The number of out-of-work Americans continuing to draw unemployment benefits has surged to a 25-year high, while shoppers turned extra frugal, further proof of the damage from sinking economy, credit problems and financial stresses.

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