Archive of: Economy

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Records set in October unemployment rates

Most counties in western Washington, particularly in the South Sound, are reporting strong labor markets, with the latest unemployment rates the lowest they've been in years – or decades.

November 2017

Producer Prices up, Construction costs flat

Building projects enjoyed at least a one-month reprieve in pricing pressures last month, even as the nation overall saw an increase of almost one-half percent in October.

November 2017

Vehicle sales up, manufacturing weaker

State government's report on monthly economic trends has mostly good news for October, with certain sectors showing higher sales and employment, while tax collections continue above the forecasts.

November 2017

Jobless rates head downward

More hiring in government jobs helped push the unemployment rate for September lower in most South Sound communities.

October 2017
South Sound proposal goes to Amazon

South Sound proposal goes to Amazon

Seattle-based Amazon invited hundreds of other communities in early September to make their case for a second corporate headquarters, promising a $5 billion construction budget and 50,000 new jobs.

October 2017

Fewer candidates for more jobs in Pierce

While there wasn't much change to the local jobs picture last month in metropolitan Tacoma, it is clear to see the improvement over the past several years.

September 2017

State forecast sees revenue increase

Less than three months into Washington state's new biennium, economic forecasters already see larger tax collections than expected, along with generous opportunity for later weakness.

September 2017

Consumer prices steady, earnings flat

Moderating price increases matched fairly flat gains in real personal earnings over the past two months, according to data reported today for the metro-Puget Sound consumer marketplace.

September 2017

More job seekers drive rate up a tick

More available workers in the labor pool are responsible for the one-tenth percent nudge upward in Washington state's unemployment rate for August.

September 2017

Back-to-school spending

Did you spend your fair share in back-to-school shopping? Nationally, it's been estimated the spending totaled $8.5 billion.

September 2017
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