economy

Oregon Unemployment Rate
4:49 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Virtually Unchanged In September

New data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department show the state's unemployment rate held steady in September, coming in at a seasonally adjusted 8.7 percent. Economists blame the results on weaker than expected seasonal job growth.

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Pork Sortage Unture
7:09 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Experts Say Rumors Of Pork Shortage Are Hogwash

Photo of John Berryhill's Restaurant.
Photo Credit: Scott Graf

A group of British pork producers recently sent fear into the hearts of bacon lovers worldwide by predicting an impending pork shortage. They say drought will make it too expensive to produce pork, so farmers will sell off herds. But here in the United States, agricultural economists say the notion of a bacon shortage is hogwash.

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Front Page
6:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Front Page: Logging And Literature In Forks

A timber museum in Forks, Washington.
Photo by Konrad Roeder Wikimedia Commons

This is Front Page, our new segment featuring conversations with journalists taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. Today we’re way out west, western Washington that is, where the twilight is unusual. The town of Forks. Here’s our news director John Paxson.

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Washington's Jobless Rate
4:03 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Wash. Unemployment Inches Up, But Construction Shows Signs Of Life

Washington's construction sector added nearly 2,000 jobs in August.
Greg Dunlap Flickr

Washington’s idled construction industry continued to show signs of life in August. Nonetheless, the state’s jobless rate still rose slightly. Overall Washington lost 1,100 jobs last month. The new unemployment rate announced Wednesday is 8.6 percent -– up a tenth of a percent from July.

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Minimum Wage In Oregon
4:14 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Oregon's Minimum Wage Will Go Up In January

Oregon's minimum wage will go up 15 cents in January to $8.95 an hour. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian made the announcement Monday in Springfield.

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Economic Impact Of Wildfires
5:15 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Fires Not All Bad For Local Economies

The influx of firefighters to a wildfire can offset economic damage to tourism and natural resources.
U.S. Forest Service

Crews continue to make progress on several wildfires in central Washington. State health officials say the air is smoky enough around Wenatchee to be unhealthy for people with sensitive respiratory systems.

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Community College Enrollment
6:16 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Ebbing Community College Enrollment A Promising Sign For Economy

The latest community college enrollment numbers may hold a clue to what’s happening in the Northwest’s economy. Some two-year institutions in the region are seeing the first decline in class registration since the recession. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Oregon Revenue Outlook
4:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Oregon Revenue Picture Brightens Slightly

Oregon lawmakers got some good news about the state's revenue outlook on Wednesday.
Gregg M. Erickson

Oregon lawmakers got some short term good news Wednesday: state revenues are predicted to be a little higher than previously thought. But the long-term outlook remains gloomy.

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Wash. Jobs, Employment Numbers
5:11 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Wash. Jobs, Employment Numbers Contradict

Washington added 5,000 jobs in July, but the state's unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent.
Washington State Employment Security Department

Washington’s jobs and employment numbers for July contradict each other in the latest figures released Tuesday. Washington gained 5,000 jobs last month. Yet the state’s unemployment rate crept up to 8.5 percent.

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Wash. Liquor Prices
6:16 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Washington Liquor Prices Up 17% Over Last Year

Liquor prices in Washington state were 17 percent higher in June 2012 compared to the same month one year ago.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago. The state Department of Revenue says sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington. The drop is partially a result of bars and restaurants stocking their shelves in May.

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