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New trade data released by feds

New research data on the wholesale trade sector is now available from U.S. Census Bureau, and it shows a 20% growth over five years to 2012, even as the number of participants in wholesaling fell.

March 2015

U.S. wholesale sales fell 3.1% in January

Wholesale merchants saw a dip in the economic recovery last month, as their sales fell 3.1 percent from December to end down 1 percent below the level of January 2014.

March 2015

A certifiable ‘ethical’ big bank

U.S. Bank now carries a designation as one of "2015 World's Most Ethical Companies," granted by the Ethisphere Institute.

March 2015

Another strong Friday jobs report

Nearly 300,000 new jobs across the nation in February dropped the U.S. unemployment rate to 5.5 percent, the government reported this morning. Average hourly earnings rose by 3 cents to $24.78 per hour.

March 2015

Construction jobs trimmed in January

Harsh winter weather on the Eastern Seaboard may be to blame for a fall-off in construction spending during January, according to analysis by an industry economist. Even with the drop, however, nonresidential construction expenditures are 4.8 percent above the year earlier.

March 2015

Inflation remains slight, earnings up

Thanks to the falling prices of gasoline, the government's measure of inflation for January continued to fall. The energy index is off the most among seven consecutive months of declines. Real average hourly earnings, on the other hand, rose 1.2 percent.

February 2015

Norway's king coming to PLU

The king of Norway will visit Pacific Lutheran University in late May to provide the commencement speech and receive an honorary degree. He will also celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the school.

February 2015

Healthcare affordability still tough

Small business owners and self-employed entrepreneurs continue to struggle to meet the costs of health care coverage for themselves and their employees, according to a survey released today.

February 2015

‘Morning after’ blues are costly

Super Bowl fever blocks $1.17 billion of worker productivity, according to global personnel consultancy. Probably even more as 'Legions' contemplate the 'Doom.'

February 2015

Ecology touts state as nat’l model

A movement begun in 2010 by the Washington legislature has grown through California and now, into a national model for reducing the amount of copper and other toxic substances in vehicle brake pads.

January 2015
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