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Angie Miller, manager of Elements, prepares to sweep out the restaurant's parklet.

Clark County job gains carry on

Angie Miller, manager of Elements, prepares to sweep out the restaurant's parklet.

September 26, 2022, 5:22pm Business

Clark County’s unemployment rate is more than a point below where it was last August, according to an update from the Washington Employment Security Department. Read story

Crew members Stephen Landry, left, and Roman Rico work behind the front counter during the lunch rush at the Hazel Dell Skippers.

Clark County restaurants struggling to serve up service

Crew members Stephen Landry, left, and Roman Rico work behind the front counter during the lunch rush at the Hazel Dell Skippers.

September 26, 2022, 6:03am Business

Walking up to Grady’s Public House in east Vancouver, patrons are immediately greeted by a handwritten sign on the door. Because of staffing issues, the note reads, the restaurant has changed its hours until further notice. Down the street, Kim’s Grill Teriyaki has hiring signs hanging in its windows. Read story

Construction on Main Street will be done to beautify the street in the next couple of years. Businesses will be impacted during the construction and after.

Plans are afoot to remake downtown Vancouver portion of Main Street

Construction on Main Street will be done to beautify the street in the next couple of years. Businesses will be impacted during the construction and after.

September 25, 2022, 6:05am Business

Much of the design of 10-block corridor’s face-lift will depend on public input Read story

Jullienne Adams of LiquidNation Liquidators looks over a sign posted in the front door that discourages shoplifting. Retail thefts are up this year compared to last year, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

Losses add up as Clark County businesses deal with surge in shoplifting

Jullienne Adams of LiquidNation Liquidators looks over a sign posted in the front door that discourages shoplifting. Retail thefts are up this year compared to last year, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

September 24, 2022, 6:03am Business

As owner of LiquidNation Liquidator in central Vancouver, Jullienne Adams has seen her share of mysteriously empty boxes and items turning up missing during inventory. Read story

FILE - Facebook's Meta logo sign is seen at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on, Oct. 28, 2021. Facebook owner Meta is quietly curtailing some of the safeguards designed to thwart voting misinformation or foreign interference in elections even as the U.S. Midterms approach.

Facebook parent Meta, Jabil recruiting in Vancouver for virtual reality jobs

FILE - Facebook's Meta logo sign is seen at the company headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on, Oct. 28, 2021. Facebook owner Meta is quietly curtailing some of the safeguards designed to thwart voting misinformation or foreign interference in elections even as the U.S. Midterms approach.

September 23, 2022, 6:04am Business

Virtual and augmented reality may be the future, but it’s also the present in Clark County. Read story

Washington Department of Labor & Industries proposes workers’ compensation rate increase

September 21, 2022, 6:05am Business

Employers and workers may soon be paying more for workers’ compensation insurance after the Washington Department of Labor & Industries proposed a 4.8 percent rate increase. Read story

Restaurants are suffering from staff shortages and Skippers in Hazel Dell has had trouble retaining staff over the summer, as seen on Sept. 9. Food services is one sector that saw gains in August.

Job report: Clark County fares better than state, Seattle

Restaurants are suffering from staff shortages and Skippers in Hazel Dell has had trouble retaining staff over the summer, as seen on Sept. 9. Food services is one sector that saw gains in August.

September 20, 2022, 6:04am Business

Eight hundred jobs were added to Clark County’s local economy in July, according to seasonally adjusted statistics from Scott Bailey, regional economist for the Washington Employment Security Department. Read story

A NW Natural gas meter.

Rate hike expected for NW Natural customers

A NW Natural gas meter.

September 17, 2022, 6:00am Business

NW Natural customers will likely see their rates go up starting in November. Residential customers using an average of 57 therms per month will see rates go up by about $11.75 per month. Small commercial companies using an average of 242 therms per month will see an increase of about… Read story

General manager Brian Taylor loads a pellet stove at Morton's Stoves, Pools, and Spas. Russia contributed 2 million tons of wood pellets to the global market in 2020, according to the Pellet Fuels Institute. This made the country the second largest producer of wood pellets globally, second to American manufacturers. But sanctions and restrictions from the war in Ukraine mean there will be a large gap in the market.

Clark County pellet stove owners urged to get orders in soon as pellet shortage looms

General manager Brian Taylor loads a pellet stove at Morton's Stoves, Pools, and Spas. Russia contributed 2 million tons of wood pellets to the global market in 2020, according to the Pellet Fuels Institute. This made the country the second largest producer of wood pellets globally, second to American manufacturers. But sanctions and restrictions from the war in Ukraine mean there will be a large gap in the market.

September 16, 2022, 6:01am Business

Wood pellet producers in the U.S. are encouraging pellet stove owners to get their pellets early this year. Read story

A train moves past United Grain at the Port of Vancouver.  Railroad companies have raised their rates twice in the past year, adding to the rising cost of business at United Grain.

Vancouver’s United Grain executive warns damage from rail strike could be swift, severe

A train moves past United Grain at the Port of Vancouver.  Railroad companies have raised their rates twice in the past year, adding to the rising cost of business at United Grain.

September 14, 2022, 4:43pm Business

The economic damage of a rail strike would be swift and severe, a top local executive warned in a letter to Southwest Washington’s congressional delegation Wednesday. Read story