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December 2012

12/28/12

GreenDot business scams up

Faux businesses putting on more payment scams

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12/28/12

Building industry begins year with new dig rules

New rules for excavation to impact building, utilities, more

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12/28/12

Fiscal cliff stalls credit, too

Spending stalls, business frozen as January 1 approaches

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12/28/12

Fiscal cliff fuels consumer confidence crash

Consumer confidence index falls as deadline looms

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12/27/12

Gig Harbor Chamber kicks off 2013 workshops

After a successful first year, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce's "Building A Better Business" series will kick off 2013 with a workshop on business planning.

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12/27/12

Workers fear 'cliff' will lead to layoffs

Nearly three quarters of workers are concerned that the looming "fiscal cliff" will lead to layoffs, according to a survey by career transition and talent development consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison.

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12/27/12

Boeing, Aeromexico finalize 787 order

Boeing has announced that it has finalized an order with Aeromexico for six 787-9 Dreamliners, with the airline also committing to reconfirmation rights for an additional four planes.

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12/27/12

Port of Olympia awaits Cook Strait

The Cook Strait, a Weyerhaeuser vessel, will be making its way into the Port of Olympia tomorrow. Built in 2004, the Cook Strait is part of Pacific Basin Shipping's line of handy size bulkers, about 576 feet long and just over 96 feet long at its widest point. It returns to Olympia after recently making its first visit to the city's port in April.

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12/27/12

Unemployment up in South Sound

Unemployment rates in the South Sound area rose in November, according to a report released by the Employment Security Department of Washington State.

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12/26/12

U.S. debt ceiling nears

With the debt ceiling looming, the U.S. Treasury has announced that it is working to prevent the government from borrowing past the legal limit.

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12/26/12

Stokes accepts SPSCC presidency

Accepting an offer extended just over a week ago, Dr. Timothy Stokes, Ph.D., has agreed to become South Puget Sound Community College's next president.

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12/26/12

Pierce County Chamber touts 2012 highlights

It's been a positive 2012 for the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. The group is promoting its top 10 highlights of the year on its website, headlined with a No. 1 item touting the Chamber's first positive membership growth in six years.

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12/26/12

Master Builders will sell home for charity

It's fitting that the sale of a house named "Hope" will give financial support to a local nonprofit that aims to give hope to students so that they will stay in school and graduate. To bring financial support to Communities in Schools Tacoma, The Master Builders Association of Pierce County decided to form a partnership for 2013 and donate the sale proceeds of the 2013 MBAPC House for Hope.

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12/26/12

Seattle company fails to report, pays fine

General Biodiesel of Seattle will pay a penalty for failing to report their hazardous chemicals in violation of federal emergency planning laws, according to a consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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12/26/12

Online shopping picks up steam in 2012

Rather than hitting the streets, more shoppers this holiday season turned to their computers to get the items on their lists.

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12/21/12

St. Joseph Medical Center heart surgeons rank in nation's top 12 percent

St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and Franciscan Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates have earned the elite 3-Star rating for excellence in cardiac surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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12/21/12

China makes its first 777 deal with Boeing

Today Boeing and China Airlines announced a new $2 billion deal for six 777-300 Extended Range airplanes, which will be the first aircraft of their type in the fleet.

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12/21/12

Boeing moves ahead with space launch plans

Partners Boeing and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have finished their preliminary review for the Space Launch System design, which approves it for sending humans to the moon, asteroids and, ultimately, Mars.

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12/21/12

Stocks plummet with 'fiscal cliff' uncertainty

Stocks took a dive today as partisan debate continued to slow resolution to the nation's "fiscal cliff" issue.

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12/21/12

Hostess expects to split up brands

Hostess Brands, Inc., is currently narrowing down the bids for each of its brands and is expecting to sell off its bread and snack cakes to different buyers, the company said in bankruptcy court today.

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12/21/12

Pierce Co. Auditor seeks voter pamphlet committee

Tacoma School District No. 10 is seeking an "Against" statements committee for an upcoming bond.

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12/21/12

Health Dept. takes disciplinary actions

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in the state.

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12/20/12

Government to sell off GM share

The government is getting out of the car business. The Treasury Department is planning to sell its entire 32 percent share of General Motors within 15 months, the latest development in the multibillion dollar bailout that kept the flagging auto manufacturer afloat.

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12/20/12

Home sales hit three-year high

Strengthened by mortgage rates close to record lows, U.S. sales of previously occupied homes reached a three-year high last month, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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12/20/12

Navy boats under construction in Tacoma

The Tacoma shipyard is serving as the construction site for a new class of Navy patrol boat. SAFE Boats International, based in Bremerton, is building five 78-foot Mark 6 patrol boats in the shipyard after moving into vacant facilities there last August. The company's $30 million contract with the United States Navy calls for the five boats to be built over three years, with the Navy holding an option for a sixth vessel.

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12/20/12

Salish Cliffs named to Golfweek Top 10

A Mason County golf course has caught the eye of Golfweek magazine, nabbing a Top 10 distinction on the publication's 2012 "Best Casino Courses" list.

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12/20/12

TriWest to lay off 127 in February

Pierce County's TriWest Healthcare Alliance office will lay off 127 workers on Feb. 15, the state's Employment Security Department announced.

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12/20/12

Olympia Federal Savings to expand branch

Olympia Community Planning and Development has approved a land use application for the Olympia Federal Savings Bank on the city's west side.

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12/19/12

Wash. earns Medicaid $12M bonus

Washington state has been awarded slightly more than $12 million by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a bonus that recognizes the state's efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in Medicaid coverage.

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12/19/12

Shale energy creates jobs in Wash.

Shale is not only creating energy, but also jobs in Washington state.

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12/19/12

Wash. 16th for personal income growth

Washington state ranked 16th among the states for personal income growth in the third quarter of 2012 with 0.7 percent. On average, state personal income growth slowed to 0.5 percent in the third quarter of 2012, from 0.7 percent in the second quarter, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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12/19/12

Research focuses on reliable connectivity

Thanks to some recent Boeing research, passengers could start getting better Internet service while up in the air.

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12/19/12

Washington's unemployment rate drops

For the first time since January 2009, Washington's unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent. According to the state's Employment Security Department, Washington's estimated unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 7.8 percent in November.

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12/19/12

Ecology fines Kent waste processing facility

Burlington Environmental once again faces a penalty because of its Kent location. The Department of Ecology announced today that it has fined Burlington Environmental LLC $282,000 for 16 violations of requirements for dangerous waste handling at the company's facility in Kent. The company has paid $316,000 in six previous Ecology penalties at the Kent-site.

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12/18/12

Port of Tacoma sees double-digit growth

As consumer demands grow, Port of Tacoma continues to find itself reaping the benefits. For example, the Port announced its container volumes continued to see double-digit growth in November, marking a 13 percent improvement year-to-date to 1,534,476 twenty-foot equivalent units.

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12/18/12

State budget proposal not pretty

WA state budget proposal heavy on taxes, cuts to fund education

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12/18/12

WA recycling rates hit 50 percent

The Department of Ecology today announced that recycling in Washington state hit 50.7 percent for 2011, a jump of 16.7 percent from the previous year.

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12/18/12

Community banks loan more to business

Local community banks make 46 percent of small loans to businesses and farms, although they only hold 14 percent of the banking industry's assets, according to a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation study.

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12/18/12

Tacoma budget bites Cultural Center

Plans for a new Asian Pacific Cultural Center campus in downtown Tacoma were all but scrapped last week when the city denied donation of the land.

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12/18/12

Number of bonuses expected to rise

As the nation's economy continued to improve in 2012, so did employers' generosity when it comes to rewarding worker contributions to success. Results of a new survey show that 72 percent of employers plan to offer some type of year-end bonus this year, up from 53 percent a year ago.

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12/17/12

Prospective homebuyers are optimistic

A general optimism among potential homebuyers continues, with 71 percent of homebuyers believing that home prices will increase in their neighborhood in the next year.

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12/17/12

Wed. to be busiest day for accountants

Employee expense report volume doubles on Dec. 19, according to a report from Concur, a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions.

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12/17/12

Consumers cut debt, not auto or educ loans

American consumers have returned to slashing their debt loads by a net 2 percent annualized rate, with mortgage debt falling while auto and student loan debt continues to rise.

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12/17/12

Free software training expands

Employment Security Department has expanded a popular service that allows Washington residents to learn computer software programs for free.

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12/17/12

Russell 2013 outlook: 'moderate' growth

A majority of professional money managers are optimistic for continued economic growth for 2013 in the U.S., according to the latest U.S. Investment Manager Outlook, a quarterly survey conducted by Russell Investments.

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12/17/12

UNFI responds to striking union

In response to the contentious labor battle with union workers at its Auburn distribution center, United National Foods, Inc., expressed its disappointment of Teamsters Local 117's decision to return to picketing.

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12/17/12

Arbitration against Merrill Lynch, broker

An attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell has announced a $1.7 million arbitration award against Merrill Lynch and its Bellevue broker, Phil Scott.

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12/17/12

State Farm extends support of ACM

State Farm, the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. through its own brand and affiliates, has renewed its presenting sponsorship of LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma through 2014.

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12/17/12

TCC leader headed to SPSCC

Board of Trustees of South Puget Sound Community College has voted to extend a job offer to Timothy Stokes, Ph.D., to serve as the next president of the Olympia institution.

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12/17/12

Nisqually gifts to Lakewood, Fire Dist.

City of Lakewood has received two grants from Nisqually Tribe, according to the City Manager Report published by The Suburban Times. The independent sovereign nation is beginning to connect with the larger city to its north where it recently acquired property.

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12/14/12

Chamber reaches out to future politicians

If you are interested in throwing your hat into the ring and running for office, then The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has a program for you.

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12/14/12

U.S. jobless claims down again

Good news from the Labor Department: The number of Americans claiming unemployment benefits fell to 343,000 last week, down 29,000 from the week before.

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12/14/12

More tension, picketers in Auburn

Tensions are rising between picketers and replacement workers at a United Natural Foods, Inc., distribution center in Auburn. Drivers and warehouse workers from Teamsters Local 117 returned to the picket line at 9 p.m. Thursday, resuming an unfair labor practice strike that had lasted for three days.

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12/14/12

Thurston commissioners adopt new budget

Thurston County commissioners have adopted a $300.4 million budget for 2013, with a three percent increase in the budget for the General Fund.

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12/13/12

Economist Mitchell addresses expo

Appearing at the 2012 Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo in Centralia, economist and keynote speaker John Mitchell talked about the unclear strength of the American economy, urging observers to pay keen attention to the details in the big picture.

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12/13/12

Construction materials prices fell

The nation’s construction materials prices fell 1.1 percent in November — the largest monthly decrease since February 2009.

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12/13/12

Timberland Bank memorandum lifted

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions notified Timberland Bank that they have lifted the Memorandum of Understanding, which was dated Dec. 29, 2009 for Timberland.

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12/13/12

Financial advisors look forward to 2013

Financial advisors are predicting stronger growth in return on assets in 2013, despite the fact that ROA growth expectations were not met for many in 2012, according to global asset manager Russell Investments' latest quarterly survey of U.S. advisors.

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12/13/12

PPI for finished goods fell in Nov.

The Producer Price Index for finished goods fell 0.8 percent in November, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

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12/13/12

Learning the ropes isn't easy

Workers who ring in the new year with a new job may find learning the ropes to be their biggest challenge.

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12/13/12

Optimism in Thurston County

There's a lot of light at the end of Thurston County's economic tunnel. The county's 2012 Economic Vitality Index (EVI), which was presented by the Thurston Economic Development Council at today's Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo in Centralia, showed a variety of encouraging trends after several difficult years.

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12/13/12

South Sound agencies receive grants

The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) awarded road and sidewalk improvement grants to 125 local agencies totaling $104 million. The following South Sound areas received at least one grant: Pierce County, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Roy, Steilacoom, Sumner, Fircrest, Edgewood, DuPont, Bonney Lake, Yelm, Tumwater, Kent and Auburn.

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12/13/12

Regional leaders reveal economic outlook

Today leaders in five South Sound counties gathered at the Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo event, held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Rochester, to reveal their predictions for their 2013 economies.

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12/12/12

Wreck causes power outage in Fife

A handful of Fife businesses were left in the dark for a few hours after an accident knocked out electricity in part of the city this morning.

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12/12/12

Boeing, BMW form partnership

Boeing and the BMW Group signed a collaboration agreement to participate in joint research on carbon fiber recycling and share knowledge about carbon fiber materials and manufacturing.

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12/12/12

More CEOs hit the road

The end of the year appears to be bringing increased volatility in the executive suite.

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12/12/12

Retailers cont. to sell minors tobacco

The number of Washington retailers illegally selling tobacco to minors has risen to its highest level in more than a decade.

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12/12/12

Sterling authorizes special cash dividend

Sterling Financial Corporation's board of directors authorized the declaration of a special cash dividend of $0.35 per common share payable on Dec. 28, 2012 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 21, 2012.

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12/12/12

Shelton-Mason Chamber names nominees

Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce released the nominees for its Annual Awards Gala.

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12/12/12

Thurston Chamber recognizes leaders

Innovators in three very different industries were honored today for their exceptional business leadership in Thurston County at the Chamber's annual "Boss of the Year" event.

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12/12/12

Brown & Haley pops into a new market

A sweet partnership has formed between Tacoma-based Brown & Haley and POP! Gourmet Popcorn.

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12/11/12

Olympia Construction receives top title

Olympia Construction Inc. was named Olympia Master Builders 2012 Remodeler Of The Year.

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12/11/12

Downtowns offer 'free' parking

South Sound cities decided they wanted to play the role of Santa Claus in encouraging everyone to shop downtown for the holidays. The “gift” will be free parking in downtown areas.

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12/11/12

Gates Foundation: $500k to South Sound

Olympia’s Community Foundation of South Puget Sound today received a $500,000 multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The award will be re-granted over four years to nonprofits in Mason, Lewis and Thurston counties working to reduce intergenerational poverty.

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12/10/12

Three finalists for South Sound 911 named

Lakewood’s city manager and the director of Washington State Ferries are two of three finalists to serve as executive director of South Sound 911.

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12/10/12

Most SUTA tax rates unchanged in 2013

Unemployment tax rates in 2013 will be unchanged or lower for three-fourths of Washington employers, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.

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12/10/12

CPTC in formation with Chinese aviation

An agreement signed by their respective school presidents will continue an aviation technician training collaboration between Clover Park Technical College and the Civil Aviation Flight University of China.

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12/10/12

Small biz owner confidence plummets

The small-business community exhibited an overwhelmingly negative response to the presidential election through a dramatic drop in owner confidence, reported by the National Federation of Independent Business.

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12/10/12

'Other' Wash. likes our healthcare plans

Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced it has received conditional approval of its state-based Exchange Blueprint from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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12/10/12

Democrats unhappy over loss of control

Leaders of the state Democratic Party are not happy about today’s announced Majority Coalition that removes their control of the Washington State Senate.

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12/10/12

State Senate leadership will be 'shared'

Democrat and Republican senators announced today that they have formed a Majority Coalition Caucus to lead the Senate during the 2013 legislative session.

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12/10/12

$41 million secured by feds

Attorneys collected more than $41 million in Fiscal Year 2012 (ended Sept. 30) related to criminal and civil actions through federal courts for the Western District of Washington.

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12/10/12

Retailers hiring in record numbers

It appears a strong turnout for Black Friday has actually translated into jobs around the country. Retailers added 465,500 seasonal workers in November, the most ever added during what is typically the busiest hiring month of the holiday hiring season, according to an analysis of non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

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12/10/12

'Tis the season for a party

More employers throughout the nation are deciding 'tis the season for a party. Roughly three-quarters of surveyed employers (72 percent) will hold holiday parties in 2012, compared with 68 percent in 2011 and up from 61 percent in 2009 and 2010, respectively, according to a poll released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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12/10/12

'Giving Tuesday' was big

Response to Giving Tuesday was strong.

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12/10/12

Western scores high on efficiency

Western Washington University is the only public university or college from the state of Washington on a new U.S. News and World Report list of highly ranked universities that operate most efficiently.

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12/07/12

$500k to Tacoma for Esplanade

City of Tacoma received a $500,000 Community Revitalization grant today for its Esplanade project.

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12/07/12

Secretary of State names executive team

Kim Wyman, who will be sworn in as Washington’s 15th Secretary of State next month, today announced her choices for her executive team.

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12/07/12

Milgard voted top vinyl window

Tacoma-based Milgard Windows & Doors has received Peninsula Publishing’s most preferred vinyl window brand.

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12/07/12

Small business hiring flat for November

NFIB survey says small business hiring flat for November. In the survey, 10 percent of business owners added an average of 2.4 jobs in the past three months. Five percent more owners plan to hire than those who are not, an uptick of one point for November alone.

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12/07/12

New Pierce Transit boundaries reduce sales tax

Safeway is just one company that recently lowered its sales tax rate from 9.4 percent to 8.8 percent, based on a state law reduced sales tax outside of Pierce Transit boundaries.

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12/07/12

Construction industry takes a hit

National construction industry employment fell by 20,000 jobs in November pushing the unemployment rate to 12.2 percent, up from 11.4 percent the previous month, according to the Dec. 7 employment report by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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12/07/12

Nat'l unemployment ticks down to 7.7%

The numbers are in and it appears the jobs situation is improving throughout the country. Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 146,000 in November, and the unemployment rate edged down to 7.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

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12/06/12

Bogus "cloud service" bills prompt investigation

The Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, based in DuPont, reports that South Sound businesses and consumers have lodged 23 unanswered complaints in the the last two months against DNS Services in Vancouver, WA.

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12/06/12

Employers continue to make cuts

Job cuts increased for the third consecutive month in November, as employers announced plans to shed 57,081 workers from their payrolls.

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12/06/12

Global climate change endangers jobs

New research forecasts the effects of global climate change could devastate the $12.2 billion winter tourism industry that has already lost up to 27,000 jobs over the last decade due to low snow fall.

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12/06/12

Flow has record quarter

When the numbers were finalized for second quarter, Flow International Corporation discovered it had hit an all-time high with $67 million in revenues. Year-over-year, the Kent-based company experienced a 4 percent increase from $64.5 million in Q2 2011. Furthermore, Standard Segment (includes sales of systems that do not require significant custom configuration as well as parts and services for those installed systems) revenues of $63.2 million represent a 7 percent improvement versus the year-ago quarter, as consumable spare parts sales grew a record 13 percent to $23 million.

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12/06/12

3 Wash. locales see better housing data

Seattle, Spokane and Yakima are listed on the December National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index (NAHB/IMI) due to a marked uptick in house prices, employment and new building activity.

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12/06/12

Tacoma/PC hotels continue to lag

The latest hotel industry report from Wolfgang Rood Hospitality Consulting shows the South Sound lodging sector still trails other areas of the state and region.

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12/05/12

PC Bank fraud sentences issued today

Three former employees of now defunct Pierce Commercial Bank were sentenced to prison terms today for their roles in the mortgage fraud scheme that substantially contributed to the demise of the bank.

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