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State jobless rate bests U.S. in August

August's state unemployment rate is one-half percent lower than the national average, and Thurston County beats all others in the South Sound at just 5.3 percent jobless.

September 2014

Workers’ Comp rates going up in 2015

Department of Labor & Industries is proposing an average 1.8 percent rate increase for next year’s workers’ compensation premiums. They say this will be about 1 cent per hour worked by every covered employee.

September 2014

Highs and Lows in new state forecast

Autos and other vehicle sales in August were 5.2% higher than one year ago, and new vehicle registrations with the state were higher than they have been since 2007.

September 2014

Fewer $$ to regional workforce councils

Federal funds passed through the state Employment Security Department will fund programs at Workforce Central in Tacoma, Pac Mountain Workforce Development and 10 other units around the state. But each will see a reduction from what was received last year because the job market is better.

September 2014

WSDOT exec adds national post

Kathleen B. Davis, director of local programs for Wash. St. Department of Transportation, was recently elected to the board of directors of American Public Works Association.

September 2014

Olympia dentist suspended

After being found mentally incompetent to stand trial for violating a protection order, Olympia dentist Sherilyn Malloy has had her license to practice suspended by the state.

September 2014

Washington skipped by SBA program

The state of Washington is missing from a roster of 50 entrepreneur advocates that will receive $50,000 grants, as announced by the U.S. Small Business Administration this week.

September 2014

‘Sick Leave’ returns to Tacoma City Council

An organization known as Healthy Tacoma, with support from the State Labor Council, plans to attend next Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting to press for employers to provide paid sick leave.

September 2014

Tacoma’s pay-park zone expanding

The on-street paid parking system in downtown Tacoma will be expanded next month for the first time up the hill two more blocks.

August 2014

Doctor’s license permanently revoked

State health officials have permanently revoked the license of a Maple Valley osteopathic physician for not completing required training and continuing to prescribe controlled drugs after being told not to do so.

August 2014
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