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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.

Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops To Five-Year Low

Jan 22, 2014
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December’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 percent to 7 percent. That’s the lowest mark in five years, according to the Oregon Employment Department. 

Energy food maker Clif Bar plans to build a 160 million dollar baking facility in Twin Falls. The California based company says it will employ 250 people and begin production in late 2016.

Oregon Economy Growing At Average Rate

Oct 7, 2013
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Oregon's economy is growing at its historic average rate according to a new report out of the University of Oregon. 

Citizens Turned Out To Learn About Vancouver Oil Project

Oct 1, 2013

About a hundred people attended a community meeting Monday night hosted by the companies proposing to build a train-to-ship oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington.

Columbia River Coal Comments Most in DEQ History

Aug 26, 2013
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Oregon environmental regulators have been sifting through more than 16,000 comments about a proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River. the public comment period recently closed.

Washington's statewide unemployment rate is staying "pretty flat" this summer according to a state labor economist. A fresh jobs report released Wednesday shows the unemployment rate ticked up a tiny bit to 6.9 percent in July, from 6.8 percent in June.

But state economist Paul Turek says he puts more stock in a different number from the monthly jobs report. He says the number of new jobs created last month continues to expand at a "decent" pace.

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What do these things have in common: an Idaho gold mine, a proposed wind farm in central Washington, a new hotel in Portland and the replacement floating bridge across Lake Washington?... They're all investment vehicles for well-to-do families seeking U.S. green cards. Under U-S immigration law, wealthy foreigners can get a green card by investing at least half a million dollars to create at least 10 jobs here. In the Northwest, an increasingly diverse range of projects are competing for such foreign investment.

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The unemployment rate held steady in Washington state in June. It stands at 6.8 percent, according to the monthly update released in Olympia Wednesday.

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Slow improvement in the labor market continues in Washington state. The latest unemployment rate came out Wednesday. 

The unemployment rate in Washington state is down to a flat 7 percent. That news from the state employment department Wednesday. The agency recorded a drop in the jobless rate of 0.1 percent in April.

State labor economist Scott Bailey says that puts Washington's rate at the lowest it's been since the end of 2008. "Overall, we're seeing accelerating growth in terms of jobs compared to say a year ago."

Bailey estimates a net gain of 3,800 jobs statewide last month.

The border between the states of Washington and Idaho is like a petri dish for what the minimum wage does to the economy. That’s where two extremes meet. Idaho has the federal minimum wage: $7.25 an hour. While Washington’s? It’s nearly $2 more -- the highest in the nation.

You might expect that wage gap to send Washington border businesses fleeing over to Idaho. But that's not what's happening.

Washington Jobs Return To Expected Numbers In February

Mar 20, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state saw a surge of new jobs in January, but job growth was sluggish in February. New numbers out Wednesday from the State Employment Department show a gain of 4,000 jobs, mostly in education, healthcare and manufacturing.

Labor economist Anneliese Vance-Sherman says last month’s job trends brought few surprises.

“Pushing January out of the picture and just focusing in on what we’re seeing with the month change here as well as the year over year change, this month was really looking like what we would expect the data to look like.”

Oregon Is Adding Jobs

Mar 19, 2013
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Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February remains unchanged at 8.4 percent. A number of sectors are seeing growth.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington recorded unusually strong job gains in January. That's according to new numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Department. A regular survey of businesses found more than 24,000 new jobs created.

The state's chief labor economist, Joe Elling, says there's evidence of gathering "momentum" in the economy. But the January job gains are so strong, he doesn't quite believe them.

Washington Governor Unveils Job Creation Plan

Feb 13, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a series of proposals Wednesday in Olympia he’s hoping will create more jobs. The Democratic governor’s plan focuses on training for tech-savvy workers and funding transportation projects. He also says expanding Medicaid next year will lead to more than 10,000 new jobs within two years.

“Expansion of Medicaid is a system that will not only reach over 250,000 Washingtonians with health care, but will help job creation all across the state.”

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber spent Tuesday in Eugene meeting with business, employment and education leaders to discuss efforts to create and retain jobs.

Landing One Job No Longer Sufficient For Many In Idaho

Dec 31, 2012
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Personal incomes took a hit in the economic downturn across the nation. But according to the latest figures, no state has lower median earnings than Idaho. Jessica Robinson reports.

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.

The environment hasn’t been a big issue during this presidential campaign. It mainly comes up in the context of energy independence.

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A wind tower manufacturer in Richland, Wash. says it’s closing plants in Washington and Nebraska.

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