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Washington Jobless Rate
4:29 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Wash. Sees Healthy Drop In Unemployment

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.

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Presidential Candidates Ignore Environment
6:43 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Presidential Candidates Not Focused On The Environment

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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Washington Wind Tower
6:41 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Wind Tower Manufacture To Close Plants

Photo Credit: Paul Anderson/Wiki Commons

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

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Northwest News
9:55 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Washington’s Strong Apple Crop In Danger Of Going Unpicked

Amilia Magno, 23, of Pasco, hefts a heavy load of buckeye gala apples in Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash. This year in Washington state farmers say apple pickers are in very short supply.
Anna King


Washington state apple farmers are gearing up to harvest the second-largest crop in history, but it appears there won't be enough workers to get the fruit off the trees quickly enough. The shortage comes as apple prices are high because of crop damage elsewhere in the country. Correspondent Anna King has our report from an apple orchard outside of Prescott, Washington.

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Northwest News
7:36 am
Thu August 23, 2012

American Coal Companies Look To The Northwest For Export Opportunities Part Two

View of the waters near the Cherry Point refinery, the largest refinery in Washington state. Near the refinery is a proposed site to export coal.
Northwest News Network

American coal companies are looking to the Northwest as the fastest way to bring their product from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana to Asian markets. There are now 5 ports in Washington and Oregon considering coal export terminals. In part two of our series on Coal in the Northwest we head to the site of what could one day be the largest coal export facility on the west coast, Bellingham, Washington. 

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Oregon Economy
5:58 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Oregon's Economy Continues Uneven Recovery

Oregon's economy showed mixed recovery in May. Most of the state's metropolitan regions continued to struggle, but the Portland area showed real progress. KLCC's Jes Burns reports.

The University of Oregon's Regional Economic Index for May found that Portland outperformed the rest of the state. Oregon Economic Forum Director Tim Duy says that area is once again growing at the average rate of the last 14 years.

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Cherry Picker Shortage
7:06 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Northwest Farmers, Shop-keeps Wait Anxiously For Cherry Workers

The first cherries of the season are coming off the trees in Northwest orchard country, but will there be enough workers to pick them?

With lingering high unemployment and the endless talk of the down economy – it’s hard to believe that there are some industries putting help-wanted signs out by the dozens. But that’s the case in Northwest orchard country where there appears to be a dwindling supply of migrant workers for cherry picking. Cherry season started this past week, and as correspondent Anna King reports, farmers and shop-keeps alike are anxiously waiting for more workers to arrive.

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Liquor Privatization
6:12 am
Tue June 5, 2012

In Costco’s Hometown, Liquor Store Employees Still Have a Job

The shift to private liquor sales in Washington is affecting some 1,200 state employees. But they’re not all out of a job. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins checked in on how workers at one former state liquor store are doing under new system.

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Wash. Unemployment Drops
4:08 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Washington’s Unemployment Rate Continues Slow Drop

Washington State Capital in Olympia reportsthe state's jobless rate continues to inch downward.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Jay8G Wikimedia Commons

Washington’s jobless rate continues to inch downward. The April numbers out Wednesday put unemployment at 8.1 percent. That’s down from 8.3 percent in March. Most of April’s job growth was in manufacturing. State economist Dave Wallace says so far 2012 is proving to be a recovery year in Washington.

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Harry & David in Eugene
4:00 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Harry & David Will Bring Seasonal Call Center Back to Eugene

Harry & David's flagship store in Medford.
Photo credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Harry & David will be bringing its seasonal call center back to Eugene this year. They'll employ 700 to 800 people from November through mid-December.

Harry & David shut down their Eugene call center in 2010 and 2011, when it was going through financial hardship.

Darren Prescott is Vice President for Customer Care. He says the company tried outsourcing.

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