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Unemployment rate up, jobs down

The nation's economic woes continued to be felt in Washington in October, where the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 6.3 percent from September's rate of 5.8 percent, according to the state Employment Security Department.

At the same time, the roughly 24,000 aerospace jobs that were on strike in October contributed to a net loss of 23,200 non-agricultural jobs. Without the strike, jobs in Washington increased by about 800.

"The employment losses look dramatic, but we recouped all of them and then some when the Boeing strikers returned to work in November," said Mary Ayala, chief economist for Employment Security.

November 2008

AAA predicts decline in Thanksgiving travel

AAA forecasts a small decline in the number of Americans traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Some 41 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving holiday, a decrease of 600,000 travelers from last year's total of 41.6 million. This is the first decline in Thanksgiving holiday travel since 2002 and is the fourth consecutive travel holiday this year with a year-to-year decline in the number of travelers.

"The overall state of the economy continues to present real challenges for some Americans looking to travel this Thanksgiving," said AAA Washington's spokesperson, Jennifer Cook. "However, the desire to spend time with family, combined with significantly lower gasoline prices than earlier this year, will provide strong motivation for many Americans to travel this holiday."

November 2008

People on the move

New Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home announced Kristin Bate joined the organization as pet services advisor for the newly opened Chambers Creek Pet Memorial Park. Bate brings extensive experience to her position, having worked for more than 20 years throughout Thurston County in all phases of funeral and cemetery services. She also serves as a Rotarian and has been actively involved in local chamber of commerce programs and activities. In addition, her previous community involvement includes public speaking engagements on funeral planning and volunteering in the career mentorship program of her local school district.

The Bates Technical College Foundation honored Sen. Rosa Franklin, MultiCare and alumnus Tony Lewis at its Heart of Bates awards dinner at the Fircrest Golf Club. Franklin was given the Vision Award which recognizes individuals whose efforts contribute to the growth of the college and the community. Franklin is a tireless advocate for the college and is a longtime member of the Bates Technical College General Advisory Committee.
The Alliance Award is given to a business or an organization that has helped forge relationships between the college and the community. This year's recipient, MultiCare, plays an integral part in partnering with the college to provide licensed practical nursing and childbirth education students on-the-job education and assistance with job placement.
The Luminary Award recognizes outstanding alumnus/alumna whose accomplishments serve as a shining example for future graduates. This year's recipient, Lewis, graduated from Bates in 1978. Lewis was an instructor at the college and currently serves as the training director at the Southwest Washington Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.

November 2008

Comcast boosts Internet speeds

Comcast announced it is launching a new generation of Internet and download speeds for business and residential customers in Washington.

With the new service, the communications company will offer download speeds of up to 50 megabytes per second. Wideband will also enable customers to double speeds at no additional cost.

November 2008

Expect sweaters this year

Traditional winter apparel, as well as inexpensive items like DVDs, CDs, clothing and books, will be the first things shoppers seek as they begin their holiday shopping.
"Americans may be hesitant to purchase expensive gifts this holiday season, but personal and practical gifts will resonate most with shoppers this year," said National Retail Federation President and CEO Tracy Mullin. "Though many companies have already been featuring substantial sales and discounts, retailers may still have a few tricks up their sleeves to attract and entice holiday shoppers."

November 2008

Around the Sound

Washington Policy Center's research staff will be the guests of honor at a  Good Morning! Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Small Business Forum breakfast. Business owners and managers can ask the research staff questions and voice concerns about small business issues in the state at the 7:30 a.m. Nov. 18 event held at La Quinta Inn and Suites Conference Center, 1425 East 27th St. Cost is $15 or $25 for nonmembers. Call (253) 627.2175.

November 2008

Flood waters recede, crews reopen US 12

Flood waters have receded enough to allow road crews to reopen US 12 near Randle in Lewis County. The road was closed late Wednesday because of flood waters from nearby Davis Creek and the Cowlitz River. As the water receded, crews surveyed the condition of the road, revealing no damage.

November 2008

Boeing, SEEPA reach draft deal

Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace union negotiators and Boeing Co. officials have announced that they have reached tentative contracts that would cover some 21,000 engineers and technical workers around Puget Sound as well as in Oregon, Utah and California.

SEEPA leaders will announced later today if they plan to endorse the contract for approval by union members. The current contract is set to expire Dec. 1.

November 2008

Financial crisis freezes consumer spending

As expected, consumers put their wallets into hibernation as the full scope of the financial crisis took hold in October. The National Retail Federation reports that retail sales for October decreased 0.5 percent from September.

November 2008

People on the move

Washington State Tourism Commission has elected Kimberly Bennett, CEO of the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau, to serve as co-chair of the commission. She takes over the role from Kris Watkins of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau. Washington State Tourism Commission co-chairs are elected to serve for one-year.
The Museum of Glass is the recipient of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Annual Award for 2008. The award was presented to Museum of Glass Director Timothy Close at the Sculpture Objects and Functional Art exposition in Chicago. AACG is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass. 

November 2008
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