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Q1 2017 retail sales up strongly

Both Tacoma and greater Pierce County showed bigger percentage gains in taxable retail sales during the first three months of 2017 than did Washington state as a whole.

August 2017

State’s jobs picture clear & strong

July saw continued jobs strength in Washington state, with more positions being created in the public sector than private sector this month.

August 2017

Other negatives in regional economy

Weaker conditions for manufacturers, slumping new- and used-car sales and continued soaring housing prices are all cited by the latest report from Washington state's official forecast office.

August 2017

Local inflation twice U.S. average

America's strongest metropolitan marketplaces are seeing more inflation for consumer prices than the rest of the country. That is why South Sound shoppers are seeing twice the national average in annual price increases through June.

August 2017

Construction costs stable, inflation low

Low inflation is driving America's robust economic growth this year, according to this building industry economist.

August 2017

New employment counts released

Government statisticians released updated data today showing continued modest jobs growth in Washington state and all South Sound areas, except Lewis County, in the June 2017.

July 2017

Commercial construction backlog growing

No slow-down yet in a booming construction industry, according to first quarter reports from a national builders group.

June 2017

State revenue forecast updated

A modest improvement in forecasted state tax revenues announced today will not itself be enough to resolve budgetary differences in the state capital, even as the clocks runs down of the current legislative special session.

June 2017

More local jobs filled in May

Today's jobs report looks strong, again. Several hundred more South Sound residents were employed in May than April this year, but local unemployment rates did not vary much of the month.

June 2017
Unemployed rates keep falling

Unemployed rates keep falling

New jobs are being created at a faster pace than the South Sound workforce is growing, leading to lower April jobless rates that in any month for almost a decade.

May 2017
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