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Inaugural class of IT program to be honored

Saint Martin’s University, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Microsoft will mark the achievement of 22 service members who will have completed the inaugural Microsoft Software & Systems Academy pilot program during a private ceremony next week.

November 2013

Thurston unemployment up, but nonfarm jobs at 'magic total'

While nonfarm industry employment went up, Thurston County also saw a slight rise in unemployment from September to October, according to the latest numbers from the state's Employment Security Department.

November 2013

Pierce County unemployment up; 'a blip,' economist says

Numbers released today by the Washington state's Employment Security Department indicate that Pierce County's unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent from September to October.

November 2013

BLOG: Small biz doesn't play Black Friday

For a number of small area businesses like South Sound Running, Black Friday is just another day. SSR's stores aren’t opening early. It’s not offering special sales and its managers aren’t bracing their stores for unusually high volumes of traffic.

November 2013

Workforce Central adds business leaders

Four South Sound business executives have joined Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council.

November 2013

Hand & Stone opening in Kent

The Hand & Stone spa franchise is opening in Kent Station next week. This is the 130th location for the franchise, but the first for Tacoma resident Kevin Byrne.

November 2013

WA labor and economy set to trend upward

At today's Labor Market and Economic Analysis event, the state Employment and Security Department had much good news to report. First, several major industries have continued to stay strong and generate new jobs throughout the state, particularly manufacturing and health care, which "are pretty much recession-proof," said Cynthia Forland, director of the state LMEA department.

November 2013

Bomb threats create explosive costs

Dismissing more than 1,000 students for the day and bringing in a handful of local police officers, sheriff's deputies and canines isn’t cheap. On Tuesday, Bonney Lake Police Department and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department responded to a bomb threat at Bonney Lake High School — the second one since school started in September.

November 2013

Union members to rally for IAM

Community members and the Washington state labor movement want to show Boeing and Washington state leaders that the community supports the Boeing Machinists who rejected a major offer last week that promised to land jobs for years.

November 2013
Auto students learn more than mechanics

Auto students learn more than mechanics

A lot has changed since Rob Anderson entered the auto industry about 20 years ago. That’s why students in the Pierce County Skills Center’s automotive program are learning about more than basic car mechanics.

November 2013
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