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State launches data dashboard to track COVID-19’s impact on Washington economy

September 22, 2020, 8:38am Business

The state has unveiled a new interactive data tool to examine the depth of COVID-19’s impact on our struggling economy, which has pushed Washingtonians to file unemployment claims at historically… Read story

Coalition rallies support for cargo ship workers stranded at sea

September 15, 2020, 8:14pm Clark County Business

Local labor leaders and activists joined a virtual press conference Tuesday evening hosted by the Pacific Coast Coalition for Seafarers, aimed at rallying support for cargo ship workers. Read story

Callie Christensen, left, and Kelly Oriard, co-founders and CEOs of Slumberkins, in their downtown Vancouver office in September.

Vancouver’s Slumberkins No. 270 on list of fastest-growing firms in U.S.

Callie Christensen, left, and Kelly Oriard, co-founders and CEOs of Slumberkins, in their downtown Vancouver office in September.

August 19, 2020, 3:13pm Business

Vancouver-based educational children’s brand Slumberkins has more than doubled its revenue every year since its founding, and if the past five months are any indication, the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going to alter that trajectory. Read story

Washington likely to seek loan to keep jobless fund solvent

June 29, 2020, 4:35pm Business

OLYMPIA — Washington state could make a request for a federal loan as soon as August or September to secure funds by the end of the year in order to keep its unemployment trust fund solvent as it continues to pay out benefits to those affected by the coronavirus shutdowns, Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine said Monday. Read story

HP submits application for 1.5 million-square-foot campus in east Vancouver

June 9, 2020, 10:17am Business

Printer and PC maker HP Inc. has submitted a preliminary application to the city of Vancouver detailing its plans for a new corporate campus at Section 30, the site of the former English Pit gravel mine. The site is directly north of the Columbia Tech Center, where HP’s current Vancouver offices are located. Read story

Phase 2 means the construction industry can finally start work on new projects and get back to work on previous projects that were still prohibited.

Phase 2 reopens construction projects in Clark County

Phase 2 means the construction industry can finally start work on new projects and get back to work on previous projects that were still prohibited.

June 9, 2020, 6:05am Business

The reopening of dine-in services and some in-person shopping are likely to be the most visible changes now that Clark County has moved into Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start reopening plan. However, residents can also expect to see an uptick in the number of construction projects underway throughout the county. Read story

Workers lower a pipe into a trench as part of Oregon's Willamette Water Supply Program, which will add a new water filtration plant and more than 30 miles of pipeline to accommodate future population growth in the Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District area.

Northwest Pipe feels little impact from pandemic

Workers lower a pipe into a trench as part of Oregon's Willamette Water Supply Program, which will add a new water filtration plant and more than 30 miles of pipeline to accommodate future population growth in the Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District area.

May 8, 2020, 12:12pm Business

Vancouver-based Northwest Pipe Company released its first quarter earnings report Thursday, detailing a strong quarter with minimal impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

A deserted parking lot is pictured outside the Vancouver Mall in Vancouver on April 20, 2020.

Clark County’s new jobless claims spike after weeks of decreases

A deserted parking lot is pictured outside the Vancouver Mall in Vancouver on April 20, 2020.

April 30, 2020, 1:12pm Business

Initial unemployment insurance claims in Clark County spiked 70 percent last week after a steady decrease in the rate for the prior three weeks. Read story

The Washington Employment Security Department has a page on its website dedicated to those who have lost hours or wages due to COVID-19.

Employment Security Department adding more agents amid unemployment surge

The Washington Employment Security Department has a page on its website dedicated to those who have lost hours or wages due to COVID-19.

April 19, 2020, 6:05am Business

The Washington state Employment Security Department can handle 600 callers at any given time. But between March 8 and April 11 — when the state’s economy was bulldozed by the novel coronavirus outbreak — the office received new unemployment claims requests from nearly 640,000 people. Read story

State unemployment offices in Washington and Oregon have been instructed by the federal government to stop releasing daily claim totals before the U.S. Department of Labor can issue its regularly scheduled weekly report.

February job numbers hold steady in Clark County

State unemployment offices in Washington and Oregon have been instructed by the federal government to stop releasing daily claim totals before the U.S. Department of Labor can issue its regularly scheduled weekly report.

March 31, 2020, 5:38pm Business

It’s no surprise that employment in Clark County held steady in February. The data, released Tuesday, likely will be the starting point for measuring substantial employment drops in the coming months. Read story