economy

Washington Jobs
4:16 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Tri-Cities Lands New National Energy Lab, Growing Cleanup Firm

A new 22,000-square-foot energy research lab will break ground in the spring. It’s part of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.
Meier Architecture Engineering

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 4:12 pm

Southeast Washington is getting an economic boost after two announcements were made on Wednesday that are expected to lead to new jobs in the region.

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Hanford Layoffs
5:29 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Hundreds Of Expected Layoffs At Hanford Canceled

File photo of a crew working on a waste tank at Hanford in 2010.
U.S. Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 5:23 pm

About 300 people will keep their jobs at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Minimum Wage
4:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington House Democrats Propose $12 Minimum Wage

File photo of the House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia
Cacophony

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 4:33 pm

Washington’s minimum wage would rise to $12 per hour by 2017 under a proposal from Democrats in the state House.

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Washington Unemployment
4:19 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Unemployment Rate In Washington Lowest In More Than 5 Years

The unemployment rate in Washington state has fallen to the lowest level in five years.

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 2:58 pm

New numbers for December from the Washington state employment department peg the current jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The last time it was lower was in November 2008.

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Business Crowdfunding
5:22 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Olympia Mulls Crowdfunding Of Equity Shares In Business Startups

Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have grown rapidly as a way to raise money for creative ventures.

Federal securities regulators recently cleared the way for small, Kickerstarter-style campaigns for startups to sell shares. But many entrepreneurs view the federal process as too cumbersome. Now, Washington state lawmakers are contemplating a state-only version to help small businesses raise capital more easily. 

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Bussiness and Economy
5:11 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Shareholder Profit No Longer Highest Priority For Some Oregon Companies

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:46 pm

Socially-minded companies in Oregon have a new way to prove their commitment to the greater good.

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Minimum Wage
4:44 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor Inslee Says Time For Statewide Minimum Wage Discussion

File photo of Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Christina Salerno TVW

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 10:02 am

 Washington Governor Jay Inslee says it’s time for a discussion on raising the state’s minimum wage - already the nation's highest.

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Washington Unemployment
4:51 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Washington Unemployment Drops, But Economic Weaknesses Remain

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 3:45 pm

The unemployment rate in Washington dropped a notch in November.

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Unemployment
4:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 2008

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:07 pm

Oregon's unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than five years according to numbers released by the Oregon Employment Department Tuesday.

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Mental Health Program
4:36 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Mental Health Experts Call New Rural Program A Good Start

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 4:33 pm

Northwest mental health experts are cautiously optimistic about a new federal grant program. But they call it a modest attempt to improve mental health care in rural areas.

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