Puget Sound region http://www.kplu.org en Economist: 'We Owe 51 Percent Of The Boeing Machinists A Big Thank You' http://www.kplu.org/post/economist-we-owe-51-percent-boeing-machinists-big-thank-you <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regional economist Dick Conway says even though we have lots of big, vibrant companies in the Puget Sound area these days, our economy still rises and falls with the fortunes of one, a certain aerospace giant.</span></p><p>And that's why he says it's so critical that Boeing's&nbsp;777x jet will be built in Washington state after members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted narrowly to accept a contract extension. They agreed to cuts in hard-fought retirement and health benefits to preserve those jobs.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:31:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 12674 at http://www.kplu.org Economist: 'We Owe 51 Percent Of The Boeing Machinists A Big Thank You' Boeing Raises Profit Outlook, Says It Will Keep Cutting Costs http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-raises-profit-outlook-says-it-will-keep-cutting-costs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Boeing raised its earnings and revenue forecasts for this year, reflecting strong demand in both the commercial airplane and defense businesses. But company executives say they plan to continue cutting costs.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Boeing has announced a series of layoffs in Washington state this year, and its local headcount has shrunk by more than a thousand since the end of January. CEO Jim McNerney says the company is operating in a “more-for-less world,” and that’s what’s driving the focus on reducing costs.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:57:22 +0000 Ashley Gross 9425 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing Raises Profit Outlook, Says It Will Keep Cutting Costs 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