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State forecast dims outlook

Washington payroll employment declined at a 0.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter of 2008, following a 2.9 percent increase in the first quarter, according to a recent Economic and Revenue Forecast Council report. Manufacturing employment declined at a 0.7 percent rate in spite of a 3.5 percent increase in aerospace employment. Manufacturing employment other than aerospace declined at a 2.3 percent rate.

Construction employment fell at a 6.6 percent rate in the second quarter. Residential building and related special trades employment plunged at a 13.9 percent rate while all other construction employment edged up at a 0.1 percent rate. Natural resources and mining employment, while small, fell at an 8.2 percent rate in the second quarter as both logging and mining declined.

October 2008

Lewis cancer center breaks ground

An official ground-breaking ceremony for the Centralia Cancer Center, part of the Providence Regional Cancer System, was held this afternoon.
Providence, RadiantCare Radiation Oncology and Washington Orthopaedic Center are partnering to build a $6 million, 17,000-square-foot cancer treatment center on Cooks Hill Road, across the street from Providence Centralia Hospital. The facility is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2009.

October 2008

Small biz outlook darkens

The SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard of small business confidence was at almost 80 percent in August. That sunny view has dimmed greatly in the index for September.

Small businesses surveyed are much less optimistic, with only 44 percent of small business owners seeing good times ahead. That's the first time the index has ever shown small business owner optimism drop below the 50 percent mark

October 2008

Builders call for action on funding crisis

The nation's nonresidential building construction job market continued to decline in September, losing 7,400 jobs on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to the employment report released by the U.S. Labor Department.

Since last fall, nonresidential building has lost 34,000 jobs around the nation. Meanwhile, residential building construction continues to post much larger losses and is down 10,700 jobs since August and 118,600 since last September.

October 2008

Consumer late payments on the rise

Despite continued economic stress, consumer loan delinquencies rose only slightly during the second quarter of 2008, according to the American Bankers Association's Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin.

ABA Chief Economist James Chessen noted that the federal economic stimulus payments helped to keep delinquencies in check, but those days are nearing an end.

October 2008

Main Street grows worried about Wall Street

More business leaders expect the impact of the recent Wall Street troubles to impact them personally rather than their department and/or organization, according to a recent national survey.

The majority, 68 percent, of senior executives and managers expect the personal impact of the recent Wall Street troubles to be significant, according to a worldwide survey of 186 senior executives and managers conducted by NFI Research.

October 2008

Restaurants sound off about wage jump

The Washington Restaurant Association voiced concern to the state's Department of Labor & Industries' announcement of a 5.9 percent minimum wage increase, effective Jan. 1. The hike comes at a time when the restaurant industry already is navigating the uncertain terrain of an economy in danger.

"The combination of the rising minimum wage and increases in the loss of food, gas and delivery charges are taking a toll on the state's largest private employer," said Anthony Anton, WRA president and CEO. "This is the time for steady leadership and an understanding of the issues crippling our small businesses statewide. Without strong leadership, we could find restaurants closing their doors and employees being laid off.

October 2008

State takes action in local health worker cases

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in the South Sound:

In Grays Harbor County, the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Phyllis S. Stephenson with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly failed to comply with a medical assessment for a patient and documented that a patient refused medication when there was not an attempt to administer the medication.

October 2008

People on the move

Marc Gaspard and Don Meyer will take over duties as chairman and vice-chairman of the Pierce College Board of Trustees. Gaspard was first appointed to the board by Gov. Chris Gregoire in 2006. Gaspard is president of the Washington Financial League and administrative director of the Washington Mortgage Lenders Association. He is a former majority leader for the state Senate and worked seven years as the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Meyer has been serving on the board since his appointment in 2002, and served as board chairman in 2005. He is the executive director of Foss Waterway Development Authority and a member of several public service organizations, including the Executive Council of Greater Tacoma, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Development Council.

The Pacific West Region of the Society for Human Resource Management has recognized the South Puget Sound Chapter from Tacoma, as one of only two Washington chapters successfully increasing their professional membership up to 9 percent. The Pacific Northwest Region of SHRM includes Chapters in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming.

October 2008
Transportation campaign kicks off

Transportation campaign kicks off

In a push to get more people working and living in downtown Tacoma out of their cars, the City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, Pierce County and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber have united for a campaign aimed at reducing traffic congestion in Tacoma.

The "Downtown: On the go! Reinvent your commute!" campaign is aimed at reducing traffic congestion in Tacoma by getting people onto buses and vanpools, out walking and riding bikes, and sharing rides. The kick-off event was held today at Tollefson Plaza.

October 2008
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