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Washington jobless rate increase two months in a row

September 25, 2013 J

OLYMPIA – Washington’s unemployment rate increased slightly for the second straight month even as the state added an estimated 5,300 jobs from July to August, officials with the Employment Security Department announced Wednesday. The jobless rate for August was 7 percent, up slightly from July’s rate of 6.9 percent. Officials say the increase is a result [...]

Colorado’s Internet tax law challenged

September 25, 2013 J

DENVER — An opponent of Colorado’s Internet tax is appealing a court ruling that would allow the state to enforce the law, asking for another chance to convince the court that the measure’s new reporting obligations are unconstitutional. The Direct Marketing Association asked for a rehearing of the case by the full 10th Circuit Court of [...]

Whatcom’s GDP rose 4.2 percent in 2012

September 25, 2013 J,

Whatcom County’s gross domestic product grew 4.2 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, well above the national average increase of 2.5 percent. The data from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis puts Whatcom’s GDP at about $9.89 billion, ranking it 187th highest among 381 metro areas. Between 2011 and 2012, Whatcom County experienced [...]

New courthouse’s price tag jolts County Council

September 25, 2013 J

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council reacted with collective sticker shock Monday after hearing the latest cost estimates for a new county courthouse. Instead of the $75 million under discussion for a year, they’re now hearing estimates that exceed that figure by up to $80 million. Deputy Executive Mark Ericks cautioned that it won’t be [...]

Washington state is recovering. Slightly.

September 25, 2013 J

Washington’s revenue forecast for fiscal 2014-2015 has improved slightly. Not enough to dramatically change anything. But good enough to provide a tiny bit of extra budgetary cushion. The state economist’s office predicts $345 million more in revenue will materialize in 2014-2015 than forecasted in June. said Steve Lerch, head of that office, on Wednesday when he [...]

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