Northwest economy http://www.kplu.org en Pierce County economy to grow faster this year http://www.kplu.org/post/pierce-county-economy-grow-faster-year <p></p><p>A team of economists at the University of Puget Sound say strength in military spending and port traffic will help lift Pierce County’s economy this year.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7534 at http://www.kplu.org Pierce County economy to grow faster this year Forecast for the Puget Sound regional economy: Pretty sunny http://www.kplu.org/post/forecast-puget-sound-regional-economy-pretty-sunny <p>The national economy will continue to climb out of the recession this year, and the Puget Sound region is forecast to do even better. That’s the word from an economic forecast conference in Seattle.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:45:22 +0000 Ashley Gross 7533 at http://www.kplu.org Forecast for the Puget Sound regional economy: Pretty sunny Northwest gas prices still on the rise http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-gas-prices-still-rise With the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas has once again topped $4 in Oregon and Washington. AAA says that puts the cost of gas in the Northwest at more than 25 cents a gallon above the national average.<p>The price is still not as high as it was earlier this summer, but AAA's Marie Dodds says it's unprecedented for gas to top $4 a gallon this late in the summer.<p>"Every day for the last week or so we've set a new high for this day in history. So that of course is a dubious distinction. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:47:23 +0000 Chris Lehman 6111 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest gas prices still on the rise Seattle region's economy ranks over many countries http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-regions-economy-ranks-over-many-countries <p>You know you&rsquo;re in a first-world economy when &hellip; many of your metro areas have larger economies than whole countries.</p><p>The Wall Street Journal wanted to put into perspective just how big the gap is between the U.S. economy and much of the rest of the world and so created a ranked list.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:05:15 +0000 Jake Ellison 5691 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle region's economy ranks over many countries Extended unemployment benefits ending in Washington and Oregon http://www.kplu.org/post/extended-unemployment-benefits-ending-washington-and-oregon OLYMPIA, Wash. - Thousands of long-term unemployed workers in Washington and Oregon will soon no longer receive unemployment checks. The federal government won't pay for extended benefits anymore because the jobless rates have improved in both states.<p>Washington and Oregon's employment departments announced that one emergency unemployment program is being curtailed and another is being shut down completely this month. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 23:11:02 +0000 4639 at http://www.kplu.org Local aerospace still strong, but sector must not rest on its laurels http://www.kplu.org/post/local-aerospace-still-strong-sector-must-not-rest-its-laurels <p>Washington State inspires envy all over the globe for the large and growing number of high-wage jobs located in the Puget Sound region.</p><p>At the heart of our economy is Boeing and the aerospace sector that has grown up around it.&nbsp;Government leaders, unions and policy experts have been patting themselves on the back lately for keeping and growing these jobs.</p><p>They also know the competition never rests.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:55:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3764 at http://www.kplu.org Local aerospace still strong, but sector must not rest on its laurels Tacoma’s finances are even worse than it had predicted, review finds http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma%E2%80%99s-finances-are-even-worse-it-had-predicted-review-finds <p>Tacoma&rsquo;s 31-million-dollar predicted budget shortfall might be even worse than expected.&nbsp; An outside review done by Herbert Research has found that Tacoma actually faces a 32-million dollar deficit of the current budget.&nbsp;</p><p>But officials from the research firm say that they did not take into account any of the recent actions taken by the city to generate revenue.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:15:11 +0000 Amelia Greim 3698 at http://www.kplu.org Tacoma’s finances are even worse than it had predicted, review finds Extended jobless benefits ending in Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/extended-jobless-benefits-ending-washington <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; The Washington Employment Security Department says extended benefits will be phasing out over the next month for 85,000 people in the state.</p><p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:41:30 +0000 The Associated Press 3441 at http://www.kplu.org Novice rustlers may have shot Woodland cattle http://www.kplu.org/post/novice-rustlers-may-have-shot-woodland-cattle <p>WOODLAND, Wash. &mdash; Woodland rancher Bob Smith says he&#39;s selling off the 25 cattle remaining in his herd because of recent attacks that may be the work of novice rustlers.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 17:07:55 +0000 The Associated Press 3369 at http://www.kplu.org Cost of living jump in Northwest challenging worker paychecks http://www.kplu.org/post/cost-living-jump-northwest-challenging-worker-paychecks <p>It isn&#39;t just the poor and unemployed who are suffering in Seattle and Washington, but people who ten years ago were living comfortably on their wages are now living with a paycheck that doesn&#39;t seem to go far enough.</p><p>A new study from the University of Washington has found that the cost of living in Seattle and Washington State has risen significantly while worker wages have remained the same.</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:25:07 +0000 Robin Cedar 3061 at http://www.kplu.org Cost of living jump in Northwest challenging worker paychecks Oregon rallies tell Congress to end corporate tax breaks http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-rallies-tell-congress-end-corporate-tax-breaks <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984355.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984355.mp3</a></p><p>SALEM, Ore. &ndash; Members of Congress are getting an earful from their constituents during their summer recess. This week, a coalition of left-leaning groups is holding a series of rallies across Oregon.</p><p>The demonstrations are targeting members of Congress from both parties.</p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:48:06 +0000 Chris Lehman 2501 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon rallies tell Congress to end corporate tax breaks Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters? http://www.kplu.org/post/fear-%E2%80%98american-malaise%E2%80%99-eating-washington-voters <p>The latest polling of Washington voters shows that optimism has taken &ldquo;nose dive&rdquo; to an all-time low.</p><p>Voters surveyed in <a href="http://www.elwayresearch.com/elwaypoll.html">The Elway Poll</a> &ndash; an independent, nonpartisan analysis of public opinion &ndash; were less likely to think things were &ldquo;getting better&rdquo; than at any time since the survey began in 1991.</p><p>The architect of the survey, Stuart Elway, said people may be openly entertaining the idea that America has entered a &ldquo;malaise&rdquo; or &ldquo;a new normal&rdquo; of long-term high unemployment, weak spending and, simply, a plain old bummer of an economy <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/22/business/worldbusiness/22japan.html">like the one Japan suffered</a> for more than a decade.</p><p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:38:05 +0000 Jake Ellison 2450 at http://www.kplu.org Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters? Earthquake rebuilding likely to benefit existing timber exporters http://www.kplu.org/post/earthquake-rebuilding-likely-benefit-existing-timber-exporters <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-961585.mp3</p><p>When disaster response in Japan turns to rebuilding, Northwest timber companies and sawmills should see an increase in exports. But an industry consultant says the slow pace of disaster recovery means those new orders may not come for months.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; ">Stock prices for some North American timber companies spiked in the immediate aftermath of the Japan disaster. Wall Street anticipates a surge in Japanese demand for logs, lumber and plywood to rebuild homes.</p><p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:11:44 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1137 at http://www.kplu.org Earthquake rebuilding likely to benefit existing timber exporters