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Northwest Coal Transportation
5:48 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Columbia River Coal Comments Most in DEQ History

Comments ranged from support for jobs to concerns about climate change.
Credit Chris McKenna / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Northwest Empoyment
4:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Unemployment Rate Staying 'Pretty Flat' In Washington State

Andreas Klinke Johannsen, Flickr

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 3:05 pm

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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U.S Visas
7:19 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Create 10 Jobs In The U.S Get A Green Card

Immigrant investors seeking U.S. visas financed the construction of this office and retail complex called "Home Plate Center" across from Seattle's Safeco Field.
Credit Tom Banse

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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Unemployment Rate
4:38 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Washington Jobless Rate Holds Steady In June

The Washington unemployment rate stands at 6.8 percent.
Credit Andreas Klinke Johannsen / Flickr

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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Washington Jobs
5:20 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Wash. Jobless Rate Continues To Fall, Down to 6.8% In May

Credit Andreas Klinke Johannsen / Flickr

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

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Washington Unemployment
3:57 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Unemployment Rate Down To 7 Percent In Washington State

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 2:59 pm

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.

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Minimum Wage Workers
7:10 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Why Won't This McDonalds Move 20 Feet Into Lower-Wage Idaho?

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 5:00 pm

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.

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Washington Jobs
4:02 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Washington Jobs Return To Expected Numbers In February

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 3:56 pm

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.”

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Oregon Jobs
4:25 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Oregon Is Adding Jobs

A number of job sectors in Oregon are seeing growth.
Credit KLCC

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

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Washington Jobs
4:01 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Washington Records Unusually Strong Job Gains In January

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 3:22 pm

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.

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