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Washington lawmakers are taking heat for an 11 percent pay raise they didn’t ask for.

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Oregon's unemployment rate has fallen below the national average and it's the first time that's happened in 19 years.

The last year has been good to Oregon's economy.

The unemployment rate has plummeted from more than 7 percent to 5.4 percent. That's one-tenth of a percentage point below the national average.

State economist David Cooke said the last time Oregon had a lower unemployment rate than the nation, was in 1996, the height of the dot-com boom.

Oregon taxpayers could receive an unexpected windfall next year.

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Oregon and Washington could transition from fossil fuels to renewable power by the year 2030.

According to new reports, developing those renewables would create hundreds of thousands of jobs for the region.

Solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, geothermal and waste-to-energy electricity production could account for 98 percent of Oregon’s and Washington’s electricity needs in just 15 years. That’s according to new reports out from the Wind Energy Foundation, a group that promotes wind development.

Washington and Oregon's latest unemployment numbers offer a paradox.

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

Nov 18, 2014
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Oregon’s unemployment rate held steady last month. That’s despite steady job growth in several industries.

Oregon added 9,900 new jobs in October. That’s the largest single month employment gain in almost 20 years.

State employment economist Nick Beleiciks says those jobs came from growth in several key industries.

“Manufacturing has added a lot of jobs during the recovery, professional business services, and healthcare and social assistance just keeps growing,” Beleiciks said.

Hewlett-Packard Split Felt In Northwest

Oct 7, 2014
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Employees at HP’s Northwest facilities are following the news of the company’s split into HP Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

HP has three offices in the Northwest, mostly focused on the company’s printing division. It will likely become part of HP Inc.

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For the first time, we are learning that Washington competed to become the location for a massive battery factory for Tesla electric cars. State officials confirmed that Thursday even as reports are surfacing that Tesla has broken ground near Reno, Nevada. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

It took four years, but Washington has now recovered more jobs than it lost during the Great Recession.

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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