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Construction: costs ease, backlog grows

Construction backlogs for non-residential projects grew longer during third quarter to 9.42 months, according to data tracked by an industry group. At the same time, costs of materials for projects marked the fifth consecutive month without increasing.

November 2014

Tacoma hospitalist group expanding

Tacoma-based Sound Physicians is planning an 85 percent growth in terms of hospitals served after acquiring Cogent Healthcare from Tennessee. The combined group will serve some 185 hospitals across the country with physicians and other acute patient care professionals.

November 2014

‘Gulf War’ vets have more full-time jobs

On this Veterans Day, the Census Bureau released a report that shows veterans of America's two Gulf Wars are more likely than non-veterans to be employed full-time in year-round jobs. That holds true for both women and men vets.

November 2014

Builders hope for better … soon

Construction spending other than new homes construction slipped by 1 percent in September, reported the Census Bureau. Builders point to a strong economy in justifying hopes for better news soon.

November 2014

CPI bump impacts ‘real earnings’

Average hourly earnings down slightly, but working longer hours brings small bump in average weekly earnings.

October 2014

Rising food costs trump gasoline savings

Yes, gasoline is cheaper now than it was, but most food items cost more. As a result, the Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent in September.

October 2014

Feds protect 110M acres of ‘wilderness’

Commemorating 50 years of government protections, the federal agencies responsible for preserving natural wilderness today manage nearly 5 percent of the U.S. and have a new coordinated plan to do so.

October 2014

Aging ‘bull’ market expected to be ‘volatile’

Russell continues to advise equities over fixed income, despite volatility of aging bull market.

October 2014

Consumer spending lifts GDP report

The nation's GDP rebounded in the second quarter after falling 2.1 percent in the first three months of 2014, according to a report issued today by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

October 2014

Jobs slip, optimism fading for small biz

A new survey finds small business owners less optimistic in September than they were before the Great Recession. An economist called the results more like a recession period than one of expansion.

October 2014
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