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I-5 Bridge work bites Jantzen Beach restaurants

September 24, 2020, 6:01am Business

The Interstate 5 Bridge project isn’t affecting downtown Vancouver businesses much, but in Portland, it’s blocking Jantzen Beach restaurants and retail stores from much-needed revenue during the pandemic. Read story

Real estate info site Zillow is hiring its first agents

September 24, 2020, 8:54am Business

After insisting for years that it had no plans to hire any agents, Seattle-based Zillow has reversed course and will open a residential real estate brokerage -- though on a… Read story

The Employment Security Department's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (Ted S.

Clark County’s initial unemployment claims up 31 percent

The Employment Security Department's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (Ted S.

September 24, 2020, 5:25pm Business

Clark County’s initial regular unemployment insurance claims filed last week increased from 891 to 1,168, up 31 percent from the week before. Continued claims fell, though by less than 1 percent. Read story

Traffic in Vancouver is diverted into one lane Saturday as the Interstate 5 Bridge trunnion repair project begins. The project was delayed due to wildfires throughout the region.

Repair of I-5 Bridge nears end minus any calamity

Traffic in Vancouver is diverted into one lane Saturday as the Interstate 5 Bridge trunnion repair project begins. The project was delayed due to wildfires throughout the region.

September 24, 2020, 4:48pm Business

The work week at the core of the nine-day closure of the Interstate 5 Bridge is coming to an end, and Vancouver commuters appear to have dodged the worst of the predicted traffic apocalypse, apart from a few bumps throughout the week. Read story

University of Washington to test smartphone app that tells you if you were exposed to the coronavirus

September 24, 2020, 11:30am Business

This fall, the University of Washington plans to test smartphone technology that tells users if they may have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Read story

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

US stocks rise as volatility continues to dominate

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

September 24, 2020, 10:24am Business

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are rising in Thursday afternoon trading, as volatility continues to be the dominant force in Wall Street's tumultuous September. Read story

FILE - In this April 1, 2020 photo, a "For Sale" sign stands in front of a home that is in the process of being sold in Monroe, Wash., outside of Seattle. Sales of new homes rose by a very strong 4.8% in August to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.01 million units. The gains reported Thursday, Sept. 24 by the The Commerce Department follow steep declines in March and April when COVID-19 infections spread in the U.S.

Sales of new homes surge 4.8% in August

FILE - In this April 1, 2020 photo, a "For Sale" sign stands in front of a home that is in the process of being sold in Monroe, Wash., outside of Seattle. Sales of new homes rose by a very strong 4.8% in August to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.01 million units. The gains reported Thursday, Sept. 24 by the The Commerce Department follow steep declines in March and April when COVID-19 infections spread in the U.S.

September 24, 2020, 8:59am Business

NEW YORK — The market for newly constructed homes in the U.S. continued its upward climb in August, despite the ongoing pandemic and lingering worries about the future of the U.S. economy. Read story

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif. California's unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus.

Jobless claims at 870,000 as fraud and backlogs cloud data

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif. California's unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus.

September 24, 2020, 8:57am Business

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly last week to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. Read story

MultiCare donors, patients among victims in international ransomware attack

September 24, 2020, 8:57am Business

SPOKANE — MultiCare Health System is warning tens of thousands of its patients and donors that their personal information may have been compromised in a cyber attack against its online fundraising partner earlier this year. Read story

Amazon tries to make it easier to identify green products with new ‘Climate Pledge Friendly’ label

September 24, 2020, 8:56am Business

Time is fleeting,” Amazon tells shoppers who click on its new Climate Pledge Friendly label, an hourglass with wings. It began appearing next to about 25,000 items for sale on its website Wednesday that meet at least one of 19 sustainability standards. Read story