Archive of: Thurston County

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Thurston businesses can go green if they hurry

Thurston businesses can now apply to receive a "Green Business" designation through a recognition program between the City of Olympia, City of Lacey, Thurston County and the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce.

March 2009

Nonresidential construction spending continues free fall

Private, nonresidential construction spending around the nation dropped 4.3 percent in January compared to December 2008, according to the March 2 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a year-over-year basis, private, nonresidential construction spending is up only 0.3 percent. Total nonresidential construction spending reached $687.3 billion, down 3.5 percent on a monthly basis, but up 2.1 percent from last January. 

March 2009

Russell Indexes: emerging markets outperform in February

The Russell Emerging Markets Index outperformed the Russell Developed Index by 4.5 percentage points in February as 30 percent of stocks in the emerging markets index turned in a positive return for the month compared to 19 percent in the Russell Developed Index.

"The relatively good news for emerging markets shows some regional disparity between some 'haves' in Asia and Latin America and some 'have nots' in Eastern Europe," said Rob Balkema, portfolio analyst for Russell Investments. "Certain countries such as China and Brazil benefit currently from more stable banking systems and actions taken to significantly ease the pain from slowing exports."

March 2009
Lacey's LoneStar changes hands

Lacey's LoneStar changes hands

Adam Adrian has one fewer restaurant to cook at after today. The owner of Olympia's Ramblin' Jacks, Italia and Mercato, has sold the fourth restaurant in the mix. He sold Lonestar Kitchen in Lacey this morning.

The new owner is the group behind JazzBones in Tacoma and Oak Harbor, which operated six restaurants, which is reportedly set to make renovate the Lonestar site into a concept restaurant called Red Bicycle.

February 2009

Tourism impact topped $15 billion last year

Visitors to Washington spent $15.7 billion in the state - an increase of 5.7 percent from 2007, according to a report released today by the Dept. of Community, Trade and Economic Development and Washington State Tourism.
 
"This report shows that the Washington travel industry will be an important contributor to our state's economic turnaround," said Gov. Chris Gregoire. "I put a strong emphasis on the travel industry in my Next Washington plan because it is one of our state's economic drivers. I am pleased to see that our focus on tourism has led to another strong year for the industry in Washington."

February 2009

Restaurants show their local impacts

The Washington Restaurant Association released the results of its monthly industry tracking survey for January today. The figures confirm - as forecasted - that business operators in this sector are encountering some significant economic challenges.

As for nearly every other industry, January was a difficult month for restaurants. Year-over-year comparisons show sharp declines for the month in restaurant business activity: sales, customer traffic, employee hours and staffing levels. Unfortunately, the only metric that increased was food costs.

February 2009

COFFEE BREAK: lay off response

The Business Examiner asked its readers what advice they had for people who have been or are facing possible lay offs.

Here is how one business person responded:

The magnitude of the nationwide lay off rate is staggering. It is creeping into almost every industry from construction to the technology world. I personally know people from each of those industries that are currently laid off.

February 2009

AT&T to refund customers for roadside assistance fees

Calling all current and former AT&T Mobility customers: If you have a wireless phone, you may have paid $2.99 per month without your knowledge for a program called Roadside Assistance. The Washington Attorney General's Office says that if you didn't use the service and didn't authorize the addition of the service to your wireless account, you may qualify for a refund under a new settlement filed today in Thurston County Superior Court.

February 2009

State economic picture darkens

The preliminary forecast  from the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council assumes a much more severe recession than did the forecast adopted in November.

The recession is expected to last six quarters with a peak-to-trough decline in real Gross Domestic Product of 2.7 percent. The unemployment rate, which has already risen from a cyclical low of 4.4 percent in December 2006 to 7.6 percent January 2008, is expected to climb to 9.0 percent in March 2010. Payroll employment, housing starts, and personal income are also much lower in the new forecast. One piece of good news since the November forecast is the adoption of much larger stimulus package than assumed in November.  

February 2009

State disciplines health care providers

The state Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in the South Sound.

In Mason County, the Nursing Assistant Program denied the application of Ashley Rose Weber. She was convicted of unlawful issuance of bank checks.

February 2009
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