Archive of: Economy

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How to classify military base jobs?

As part of planning process for the South Sound and region into the year 2040, policy analysts and elected officials are looking into how to count the vast military-related employment impacts.

May 2017

Pierce jobs report for March is stellar

Even before the traditional 'Spring' has sprung job-wise, greater Tacoma's employment picture continues to brighten. There are almost 9,000 more locals working this year, compared to the first quarter of 2016.

April 2017

Next recession forecast for late 2018-19

As much of the U.S. economy is fully recovered (statistically) from the Great Recession – western Washington is leading the way – a regional forecaster sees the next much more minor slow-down coming late next year and into 2019.

April 2017

More jobs coming: Why all in Seattle?

Pierce County added 9,400 new jobs in 2016, but local proponents wonder why it wasn't more, when 63,000 new hires came to the overall Puget Sound region. One of every 6 jobs lands in downtown Seattle, South lake Union or Paine Field, Everett.

April 2017

Builders moderating high hopes

Confidence among contractors ended 2016 down, but still in positive territory, according to new survey results. Staffing levels, sales and profit margin expectations all fell a bit as last year ended.

March 2017

More folks working = more income

Personal incomes by Washington residents grew much faster last year than those in all but two other states, and much ahead of the national average.

March 2017

Unemployment rates down again

More people in Washington went to work in February than the month before, with a net increase of 6,100 jobs statewide. As a result, the jobless rate improved both in local counties and border to border.

March 2017

State revenue grows

State lawmakers will have a bit more 'pocket change' to use as they begin serious work to write a new two-year budget. The revenue forecast out today is up $247 billion for the current period and $303 million higher for next biennium.

March 2017

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

Inflation rates higher here

Consumers' costs of living are rising faster in western Washington than elsewhere in the country, according to a new report from federal statisticians.

March 2017
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