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Employment, Jobless rate up in December

Despite more people working than one month earlier, Washington state's unemployment rate added one-tenth of a percent in December to end 2014 at 6.3%

January 2015

ILWU rally in Tacoma: 'We're ready to work'

Last night, about 700 people gathered Tollefson Square in Tacoma for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 rally, protesting the actions and media attacks by the Pacific Maritime Association.

January 2015

Rally set to support dock workers

Longshore workers are calling on other union members to join them for a 6 p.m. rally at downtown Tacoma's Tollefson Plaza this Thursday to support their position in the on-going labor dispute with maritime terminal operators.

January 2015

Goodwill to open new store in Olympia

Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region will open a new outlet store in Olympia in February, along with expanded distribution and recycling centers with training components.

January 2015

New JBLM exit training program starts

A 13-week training program for 16 Army and Air Force service members preparing to exit the military for corporate America began this week at Joint Base Lewis McChord. TrueBlue Inc., Amazon, Starbucks, Thurston EDC and Tacoma Pierce County Chamber are among the participating employers.

January 2015

Relief funds headed to Lewis County

Workforce relief funds are headed to Lewis County to mitigate impacts of jobs lost at Washington Park Medical Center in Centralia and Cardinal Glass Plant in Chehalis.

January 2015

Feds count net gain of jobs in Pierce, state

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics found modest job gains in Pierce County from November 2013 to last month, but barely any increase in the Olympia market. Washington state added almost 85,000 jobs in the same year period.

December 2014

November unemployment up; jobs, too

November's unemployment rate rose statewide and in each of the South Sound's four counties. More jobs were created and filled, but the ranks of available workers also increased in the month.

December 2014

Construction to start on Frederickson sawmill complex

Sierra Pacific Industries, a forest products company based in Anderson, Calif., announced that they will immediately begin construction of a sawmill in Frederickson.

December 2014

Hollywood star comes to JBLM, Lakewood

Efforts to connect military members with advanced manufacturing jobs following their time in the service will be the topic of a meeting tomorrow in Lakewood that includes Hollywood actor Gary Sinise, vocal spokesman for the concept.

December 2014
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