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.

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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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.