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Construction input prices also rising

Nationwide, the costs of new construction are rising, and it could become worse, if the new presidential administration succeeds in its announced plans for a $1-trillion infrastructure package.

March 2017

From SSBiz: Waiting on 'Affordable Care'

Arguments being made in the halls of Congress over partisan plans to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have real impacts on employers, families and health care providers here in the South Sound.

March 2017

Tax filings open today, per IRS

Federal tax collectors and processors began running individual tax returns on schedule, according to an announcement today. And this year's deadlines are later than the normal April 15th date.

January 2017

Costs of living up slightly

Inflation not much of a worry from 2016 results, as the annual rise in Consumer Price Index as calculated by the federal government was 0.3 percent in December.

January 2017

Christmas sales were ‘merry’

Our most recent holiday gift-giving and dining out season increased by twice from the year before, U.S. Census Bureau reports today.

January 2017

Building products prices firm at year's end

The costs of construction measured by prices of input products ended 2016 up slightly more than 2 percent, largely due to rising costs for anything petroleum based.

January 2017

Pierce economy still pointed up

Two economists presented positive pictures for the new year both locally and nationally at a Tacoma forecast breakfast today.

January 2017

US, Global inhabitants growing

Thanks to more births than deaths over a given time period, the American population is growing by less than 1 percent a year. Add in a net international migration to the U.S., however, and it means an ever-growing number of Americans.

December 2016

SCORE: Small business banking challenges

The average small business in American earns only $7 profit per day. It is evident that financing a small business remains a challenge for many entrepreneurs and smaller banks are the more likely source of needed capital and operating loans, according to a SCORE study.

December 2016

Small biz owners see bright future

With their belief that a new president will bring better times to the U.S. economy, small business owners reported dramatically higher optimism rates after the election of Donald Trump, according to a new survey.

December 2016
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