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Signals mixed for Clark County economy

January 3, 2023, 6:05am Business

With interest rates rising and inflation higher than this time last year, many may ponder — what is the state of the local economy? Read story

Clark County shoppers see feast with fewer trimmings as food prices soar

November 16, 2022, 6:05am Business

With Thanksgiving on its way, families will be facing a new reality this year — a more expensive meal. Read story

As business services go, so goes the economy in Clark County

December 4, 2022, 6:00am Business

We’ve all heard the line about a canary in a coal mine, but have you heard the one about business services employment in the economy? Read story

Warehouse Manager Lucas Salazr, left, and warehouse worker Chase Campbell, right, fill orders at Vancouver Bolt & Supply in 2019.  Demand for warehouse space like this supply company's have increased in recent years.

Clark County attracts warehouse developers as industry booms

Warehouse Manager Lucas Salazr, left, and warehouse worker Chase Campbell, right, fill orders at Vancouver Bolt & Supply in 2019.  Demand for warehouse space like this supply company's have increased in recent years.

October 26, 2022, 6:30am Business

What’s that big building going up in your neighborhood? Odds are it’s a warehouse. Read story

Thompson Metal Fab employees George Mason, left, and Mike Marsh look over shop drawings in 2016 at the company's Vancouver shop.

Clark County adds 400 jobs in September

Thompson Metal Fab employees George Mason, left, and Mike Marsh look over shop drawings in 2016 at the company's Vancouver shop.

October 25, 2022, 6:10pm Business

Clark County continued to add jobs in September: Not including seasonal trends, there were 400 more added last month, leaving the unemployment rate at 3.8 percent — more than a point lower than the 4.9 percent from September 2021. Read story

Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, right, pauses to take a photo while touring lab rooms at Clark College's Columbia Tech Center campus on Monday morning. The visit was part of a Manufacturing Week bus tour, which highlights the contributions of the state's manufacturing sector.

State business group visits Clark College lab, Camas’ Analog Devices in Manufacturing Week bus tour

Kris Johnson, president of the Association of Washington Business, right, pauses to take a photo while touring lab rooms at Clark College's Columbia Tech Center campus on Monday morning. The visit was part of a Manufacturing Week bus tour, which highlights the contributions of the state's manufacturing sector.

October 10, 2022, 6:31pm Business

A large bus decked out in Manufacturing Week decor pulled up to Clark College’s campus at the Columbia Tech Center on Monday morning. As the bus unloaded, people clad in blue Association of Washington Business jackets crossed the parking lot, hustling for their chance to tour the school’s mechatronics lab. Read story

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

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

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.

Clark County job market shows strong growth, outstrips gains in Seattle, Portland

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.

August 25, 2022, 5:39pm Business

Clark County has added 11,400 jobs since the onset of pandemic in February 2020 — a 6.7 percent increase that has outpaced employment rate increases in Portland and Seattle, as well as in Oregon and Washington — and the United States as a whole. Read story

Jason Zellman and Luci Haning are seeing a 150 percent monthly rate increase from the landlords of the house they rent.

Clark County’s rising rents lead to despair

Jason Zellman and Luci Haning are seeing a 150 percent monthly rate increase from the landlords of the house they rent.

July 21, 2022, 6:01am Business

Jason Zellman and Luci Haning have no idea where they’re going to live next. Read story