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WA biz climate report card slips

Washington's business climate isn't a lot worse now than it was a year ago, but other states are doing more to improve their situation, so the leading state in the region is slipping in comparison to the other 49 in the nation.

December 2016

State clarifies minimum wage rising in 2017

Washington state's wage-hour enforcement agency today reiterated that all adult workers must receive at least $11 per hour beginning January 1st. Mandatory sick leave does not take effect until the following year.

December 2016

More driving, congestion reported

The strong new jobs marketplace is attracting more residents -- and drivers -- to Washington's freeways and state highways. Passenger miles traveled and congestion delays are both up in the final 2015 report from WSDOT.

November 2016

State adds 10,600 jobs in October

Another 10,600 new jobs were added to Washington’s economy in October, while the state’s jobless rate fell 0.2 points to 5.4 percent.

November 2016

EPA sets new water quality rules

Federal authorities today announced that they haveover-ruled some state environmental protection steps toward controlling toxic pollutants in Washington waters.

November 2016

Election result & Tacoma minimum wage

The state's minimum wage raise and requirement for paid leave to all employees that was approved by voters yesterday will almost match rules in City of Tacoma. But the most generous of any in conflict will apply.

November 2016

Washingtonians buying more

Confirming political positions defending the state's strong economy, a Quarterly Business Review released today shows retail sales in this year's second fiscal quarter were 8.6 percent above one year ago.

November 2016

Enrollment open for ‘Coug’ doctors

Washington's second public medical school is now accepting applications for its first class of students seeking to become physicians.

October 2016

More available workers & jobs

Attracted by the strong regional economy, Washington's available workforce continues to add people looking for work. Fortunately, the growth in news jobs is keeping pace, measured from one year ago.

October 2016

STEM funding includes South Sound

Seeking 'best practices' in efforts to improve students' education in STEM subjects has prompted funding from the state to programs in the local region as well as the whole state.

September 2016
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