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Key economic figures mixed, but expert calls indicators for Clark County’s economy positive

Building permits down, retail spending is up

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 28, 2024, 6:06am
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People walk down the sidewalk and sit outside Tuesday at the Waterfront Vancouver. The development along the Columbia River has been a major economic boost for Vancouver over the past few years.
People walk down the sidewalk and sit outside Tuesday at the Waterfront Vancouver. The development along the Columbia River has been a major economic boost for Vancouver over the past few years. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Rising energy bills, grocery prices and interest rates have led to Clark County residents’ dinner-table speculation about the state of the local economy. Building, labor, spending and inflation figures are mixed, although an expert says these key indicators seem generally positive. Here is a look at some of the local trends:

Building permits down

According to a city of Vancouver report, the city issued 787 residential building permits in 2023 compared with 972 in 2022.

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