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Job Growth
3:39 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

2014 Good For Job Creation In Washington and Oregon

Employers in Washington state added nearly 83,000 jobs in 2014.
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Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:55 pm

The Washington and Oregon employment departments have closed the book on 2014 with the release of their December jobs numbers.

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Unemployment Rate
4:26 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Job Growth Stalls In Washington & Oregon During September

The unemployment rate in Washington rose one-tenth of a point to 5.7 percent in September.
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Job growth stalled during September in Oregon and Washington according to new numbers from the respective state employment departments. In Washington's case, state labor economist Paul Turek is not too concerned though by one month of flat hiring.

"Put it in context of what has been happening in the labor market. We seem to be sustaining momentum. Every now and then we have a little blip," Turek said.

Turek announced Washington's unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a point to 5.7 percent in September.

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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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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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Oregon Economy
5:07 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Up As Job Growth Continues

Job growth is driving an expected increase in tax revenue for Oregon.
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Oregon's economy still hasn't recovered to pre-recession levels. But state economists told lawmakers Wednesday that job growth is driving an expected increase in tax revenue for the state.

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Oregon Economy Growth
4:44 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Oregon Has Evidence The Economy Continues To Improve

Oregon had almost 43,000 job vacancies this summer, according to a state survey.
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There won’t be any state unemployment numbers coming out this week because of the government shutdown. But still, the Oregon Employment Department says it has evidence the economy continues to improve. 

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Coal Exports
6:45 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Governor Inslee Talks Clean Tech And Coal Exports

Governor Inslee in the Governors Office moments before delivering his inaugural address in January. Writing a letter to the head of a clean energy company the Governor hopes will relocate to Washington.
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Governor Jay Inslee was in Arlington, Washington Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new cleantech facility that will employ 70 people.

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Oregon Employment
4:31 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls To Eight Percent

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.2 percent to 8 percent last month. That’s the lowest mark in nearly four years. Estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate nonfarm jobs rose by 3,700 in April.

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Oregon Jobs
4:10 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Stable

Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.4 percent -- essentially unchanged from 8.3 percent in December. Ever since Oregon's unemployment rate peaked at over 11 percent in 2009, it's been dropping, but slowly.

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Wind Tax Cedit
7:20 am
Wed October 10, 2012

No Wind Tax Credit Could Mean Fewer Jobs

Photo of wind turbine on the Palouse.
Photo Credit: Courtney Flatt

Those giant wind turbines that line ridges across the Northwest have brought green energy and construction jobs to many rural areas. But some of those jobs could disappear next year. That’s if Congress does not extend a tax credit that expires in December. Wind developers say the money is critical to the burgeoning industry. But critics say taxpayers should not subsidize wind energy.

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