economy

Washington Jobless Rate
4:29 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Wash. Sees Healthy Drop In Unemployment

Washington state saw a nice drop in unemployment during October. New numbers released Thursday show the state jobless rate fell to 8.2 percent. That's down three-tenths of a point from the prior month.

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Cost Of Halloween
4:41 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Halloween Spending Up Across Nation

Twenty-four-year-old Brian Williams and 22-year-old Jennifer Reed of Kennewick say they spent about $200 this year on Halloween costumes, decorations and candy.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

If Halloween spending is an indicator of the economy, Americans appear to be feeling better than this time last year -- or at least more ghoulish.

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Paper Mill Reopens
6:17 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Reason To Celebrate As Paper Mill Reopens In Grays Harbor

Ron Grant is back on the job at the recently reopened paper mill in Grays Harbor County. Last year he was laid off when the plant closed. As a result he lost his house.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Nearly 300,000 people in Washington are still unemployed and looking for work. But there was reason to celebrate Monday in coastal Grays Harbor County – where the unemployment rate is tied with Ferry County for the highest in the state. A shuttered paper mill there recently roared back to life. With it came 175 jobs. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Unemployment
4:25 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Washington Unemployment Ticks Down

Washington’s jobless rate dropped just slightly in September. State economists Wednesday pegged unemployment at 8.5 percent. That erases a small uptick in August.

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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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