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Workers’ Comp rates up 2.7% for 2014

Increase of 2.7% for workers’ compensation insurance premiums next year announced today by state Department of Labor and Industries.

December 2013

Fed. shut-down brings $$ to state

The federal shutdown in October helped raise Washington state’s unemployment rate enough to reactivate nine weeks of long-term unemployment benefits that were shut off in August.

December 2013

Inaugural class of IT program to be honored

Saint Martin’s University, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Microsoft will mark the achievement of 22 service members who will have completed the inaugural Microsoft Software & Systems Academy pilot program during a private ceremony next week.

November 2013

Thurston unemployment up, but nonfarm jobs at 'magic total'

While nonfarm industry employment went up, Thurston County also saw a slight rise in unemployment from September to October, according to the latest numbers from the state's Employment Security Department.

November 2013

Pierce County unemployment up; 'a blip,' economist says

Numbers released today by the Washington state's Employment Security Department indicate that Pierce County's unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent from September to October.

November 2013

BLOG: Small biz doesn't play Black Friday

For a number of small area businesses like South Sound Running, Black Friday is just another day. SSR's stores aren’t opening early. It’s not offering special sales and its managers aren’t bracing their stores for unusually high volumes of traffic.

November 2013

Workforce Central adds business leaders

Four South Sound business executives have joined Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Council.

November 2013

Hand & Stone opening in Kent

The Hand & Stone spa franchise is opening in Kent Station next week. This is the 130th location for the franchise, but the first for Tacoma resident Kevin Byrne.

November 2013

WA labor and economy set to trend upward

At today's Labor Market and Economic Analysis event, the state Employment and Security Department had much good news to report. First, several major industries have continued to stay strong and generate new jobs throughout the state, particularly manufacturing and health care, which "are pretty much recession-proof," said Cynthia Forland, director of the state LMEA department.

November 2013

Bomb threats create explosive costs

Dismissing more than 1,000 students for the day and bringing in a handful of local police officers, sheriff's deputies and canines isn’t cheap. On Tuesday, Bonney Lake Police Department and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department responded to a bomb threat at Bonney Lake High School — the second one since school started in September.

November 2013
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