economy

Northwest Housing Market
5:14 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Post-Recession Home Values Held Firm In Small Northwest Counties

Nick Bastian Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 5:06 pm

Across the nation, home values plummeted after the U.S. housing bubble burst in 2008. But that was not the case in some of the less populous counties in the Northwest.

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Boeing Incentives
5:13 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Washington Legislature Plows Ahead With Boeing 777X Tax Breaks

File photo of Boeing 777 assembly line as seen from tour observation deck/
Snohomish County Tourism Bureau

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 3:51 pm

The Washington Legislature is plowing ahead with a package of tax breaks and incentives to convince the Boeing Company to build its next big jet in Washington.

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Holiday Shopping
5:31 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

How Much Will Holiday Shoppers Spend In '13?

Northwest economists predict holiday shoppers will spend less this year.
Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 3:14 pm

 Put away those goblins and ghosts and bust out the elves. In stores, the winter holidays are already here.

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Oregon Economy Growth
4:05 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Oregon Economy Growing At Average Rate

Manufacturing activity is bolstering the U of O's index of economic indicators.
Credit Denise Mattox / Flickr

Oregon's economy is growing at its historic average rate according to a new report out of the University of Oregon. 

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NWPR Books
7:07 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Book News: Author Says Dave Eggers' New Book Rips Off Her Work

Dave Eggers at the 2009 National Book Awards in New York.
Tina Fineberg AP

(This post was updated at 10 a.m.)

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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NWPR Books
11:24 am
Mon September 30, 2013

What Terrifies Teens In Today's Young Adult Novels? The Economy

Shailene Woodley plays Beatrice Prior in the upcoming movie Divergent (March 2014), based on the dystopian young adult novel by Veronica Roth. The hugely popular book contains themes of economic struggle and class warfare.
Jaap Buitendijk Summit

If you think kids are too young to worry about unemployment numbers, consider this: Some of our most popular young adult novels fairly shiver with economic anxiety. Take Veronica Roth's Divergent, this week's top New York Times Young Adult best-seller and a perennial on the list since its publication in 2011.

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Washington Economic Recovery
4:51 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Wash. State Jobless Rate Hews Closest To National Trend During Recovery

Washington State Employment Security Dept.

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:38 pm

According to fresh numbers out Wednesday from the state employment department, the unemployment rate in Washington state edged up slightly in August to an even 7 percent as hiring slowed.

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Washington Revenue Forecast
4:47 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Washington Revenues Show Slow And Steady Recovery

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:40 pm

Slow and steady. That’s how Washington’s chief economic forecaster sums up the recovery in state revenues.

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Economist Stand Up Comedian
7:02 am
Tue September 3, 2013

What’s Funny About A Tax On Fossil Fuels? Why Not Ask A Stand Up Economist?

Yoram Bauman calls himself the world’s first and only stand up economist. He’s also advocating for a carbon tax in Washington State through an organization he founded called Carbon Washington. The tax would be modeled after the one British Columbia put into effect several years ago. Companies there pay a price per ton of CO2 that they emit.

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Washington Economy
5:24 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Washington's Credit Outlook Moves From 'Negative' To 'Stable'

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 5:17 pm

Wall Street is casting a favorable eye on Washington now that the state has a new budget and the housing and job markets are showing signs of life. Two credit rating agencies Monday upgraded Washington’s credit outlook from “negative” to “stable.”

State Treasurer Jim McIntire says that change eases earlier concerns that Washington’s double-A plus bond rating is imperiled. "The outlook is really kind of an indication that if they were going to make any changes to the negative, that kind of threat to a downgrade has now been removed.”

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