economy

Grain Negotiations
5:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Inslee Calls For Negotiations At Vancouver Grain Terminal, Ends Police Escort For Inspectors

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has cancelled a police escort that helped grain inspectors cross a union picket line at a grain terminal in Vancouver.
Credit Sam Churchill / Flickr

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has cancelled a police escort that helped grain inspectors cross a union picket line at a terminal in Vancouver.

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Washington Unemployment
5:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Washington Jobless Rate At 6-Year Low, But Rural Counties Lag

King County is leading the job recovery in Washington state.
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Washington’s jobless rate has dropped to below 6 percent. That's the lowest level in six years. That’s according to the June jobs report released Wednesday. Seattle’s King County is leading the recovery. But most Washington counties remain above the statewide average. And some rural counties of the state are much higher.

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NWPR Books
12:34 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company

Author Beth Macy worked for years as a reporter for the Roanoke Times. "When I became a journalist, I gravitated to those kinds of stories of what I call 'outsiders and underdogs,' " she says.
David Hungate Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co.

In the town of Bassett in southern Virginia, some of the downtown street lights are dark. The lamps, maintained by the once prosperous Bassett Furniture Co., are now funded by voluntary contributions from residents and businesses — when they can afford it.

Bassett is just one of many towns and cities in Virginia and North Carolina where scores of furniture-making plants have closed in the past 20 years, mostly because of competition from China and other foreign countries.

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Minimum Wage
4:33 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight In Hands Of Supreme Court

Prior to a Washington Supreme Court hearing, Sea-Tac Airport workers and others rally at a union-organized event in favor of the city of SeaTac’s $15 an hour minimum wage law
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Voters in SeaTac narrowly approved a $15 an hour minimum wage. Now, the state Supreme Court will decide whether that law should stand. And, if so, whether it should apply to workers at SeaTac Airport. Currently it does not. The justices heard oral arguments Thursday in a case that pits a city against a port and workers against businesses.

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Minimum Wage
5:41 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hear SeaTac Airport Minimum Wage Fight

Washington’s Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage should apply to airport workers.
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Should SeaTac’s voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage apply to airport workers? Washington’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on that question Thursday. The case pits airport vendors, Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle against supporters of the higher wage.

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Paid Sick Leave
5:43 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Eugene Could Become Third Northwest City To Require Paid Sick Leave

Eugene, Ore., could become the third city in the Northwest to require paid sick leave for most workers.
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Oregon's second-largest city could be the next place to mandate employer-provided sick leave. The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted to direct city staff to draw up an ordinance that would take effect next year. 

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Washington Unemployment
4:39 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Washington State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In May

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent.
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The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state Employment Security Department. 

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Seattle Delta Hub
7:26 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Delta Air Lines Building Hub In Seattle, Putative Partner’s Hometown

Port of Seattle fire trucks salute a Delta Airbus A330 as it departs for Hong Kong on Monday.
Credit Port of Seattle

Pacific Northwest travelers will get ringside seats to see if two airlines can be partners and rivals at the same time. One of those "frenemies" - if you will - is Seattle-based Alaska Airlines. And in the other corner is Delta Air Lines. The two are long-term contractual allies. But the relationship is being tested.

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Seattle Minimum Wage
7:16 am
Tue June 3, 2014

After Raucous Session, Seattle City Council Raises Minimum Wage to $15

Seattle has become the first city in the country to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage. The City Council voted Monday to enact the new law, which was the result of months of negotiations.

It represents a 60 percent increase from the current state minimum wage, which at $9.32 an hour is the highest in the country.

Proponents say it’s a first step towards closing the rising income gap between rich and poor. Some businesses say they will go to court to fight it. KUOW’s Deborah Wang reports.

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Oregon Economy
5:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Up As Job Growth Continues

Job growth is driving an expected increase in tax revenue for Oregon.
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Oregon's economy still hasn't recovered to pre-recession levels. But state economists told lawmakers Wednesday that job growth is driving an expected increase in tax revenue for the state.

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