economy

Poverty
5:51 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Northwest Child Poverty Rates Show Patchwork Of Economic Recovery

U.S. Census Bureau

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:40 pm

A new Census Bureau report out Wednesday indicates the economic recovery is lifting children out of poverty unevenly around the Northwest.

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Minimum Wage Rally
5:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Low Wage Workers Rally In Olympia

Activists rallied in support of a $15 per hour minimum wage on the steps of the Washington capitol building in Olympia on Thursday.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Low wage workers picketed and rallied across the country Thursday in support of a $15 per hour minimum wage.

On the steps of the Washington state capitol, you could see a group of about 50 people. Some of them carried signs saying "Strike poverty." They called for a $15 an hour base wage in Washington state.

Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, a Democrat, indicated he would like to move a minimum wage bill in the upcoming 2015 legislative session. But with Republicans in charge of the Washington Senate, it seems likely that that effort would face roadblocks going forward.

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Wash. Unemployment
4:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In August In Washington State

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The latest reading on unemployment in Washington state shows the rate holding steady in August at 5.6 percent. That's half a percentage point below the national rate according to a report from Washington's employment department Wednesday. 


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Gas Prices
4:27 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Northwest Gas Prices Among Nation's Highest

Northwest drivers plan to hit the roads this holiday weekend despite paying some of the highest gas prices in the nation.
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Northwest drivers plan to hit the roads this holiday weekend despite paying some of the highest gas prices in the nation. That's according to Triple A.

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Revenue Growth
4:40 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, Kicker A Possibility

Because of a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.
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Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists. But thanks to a unique Oregon law, if the state revenues keep going up, they'll actually go down.

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Unemployment Rate Drop
5:12 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Wash. July Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.6 Percent, Lowest Since 2008

Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in July.
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Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in July, the lowest rate since August 2008.

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Natural Gas Exports
5:54 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Oregon Terminal Developer Gets Blessing For Natural Gas Exports

A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near Astoria, Ore. received the U.S. Department of Energy’s blessing Thursday to export to all overseas markets.
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A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near Astoria, Ore. received the U.S. government’s blessing today to export to all overseas markets. That’s a necessary approval to make the controversial project pencil out. However, many hurdles remain.

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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.
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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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