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Ron Williams, construction supervisor for the Port of Vancouver, looks on as crews demolish a section of the former Red Lion Hotel at the Quay as the new AC Hotel by Marriott is under construction nearby, right, Tuesday morning.

Job numbers in Clark County hit record high

Ron Williams, construction supervisor for the Port of Vancouver, looks on as crews demolish a section of the former Red Lion Hotel at the Quay as the new AC Hotel by Marriott is under construction nearby, right, Tuesday morning.

April 20, 2022, 4:17pm Business

The local job market is growing beyond pre-COVID levels, according to new data released by the Washington Employment Security Department on Tuesday. Read story

Safety manager Chase Henline of 1-800-Got-Junk? fills up a work vehicle as a nearby sign reflects high fuel prices during a stop at a Shell station in Hazel Dell on Friday morning.

Clark County businesses that rely on driving feeling the pinch at the pump

Safety manager Chase Henline of 1-800-Got-Junk? fills up a work vehicle as a nearby sign reflects high fuel prices during a stop at a Shell station in Hazel Dell on Friday morning.

April 2, 2022, 6:03am Business

David Williams’ business, Aspen Limo Tours, revolves around driving. In the last four weeks, he’s watched as gas prices have skyrocketed. Read story

Schuyler Hoss, who retired recently after working in state government, enjoys a walk at The Waterfront Vancouver on Monday morning.

Did the Great Resignation hide a Great Retirement in Clark County?

Schuyler Hoss, who retired recently after working in state government, enjoys a walk at The Waterfront Vancouver on Monday morning.

March 20, 2022, 6:05am Business

Every week, Schuyler Hoss takes a walk around Vancouver, gazing upon the projects he helped bring to fruition during his 14 years working for the governor’s office. It’s one of his favorite retirement pastimes. The walk reveals memories of his work, as those days are now behind him. Read story

Bartender Mike Dunning serves lunch in the dining room at Main Event East in late 2021.

Clark County jobs data shows strength

Bartender Mike Dunning serves lunch in the dining room at Main Event East in late 2021.

March 9, 2022, 7:15pm Business

In the months of July, August and September, Clark County employed 1,400 more people than initial data showed, and the county also added another 800 jobs in January after seasonal adjustments. Read story

A bus transit hub at the intersection of Grand and Mill Plain Boulevard, commercial and mixed-use corridor, and residential mixed-use corridor are the main focuses in the city's corridor strategy.

Vancouver sees transit hub, commercial and mixed-use development for Evergreen, Grand corridor

A bus transit hub at the intersection of Grand and Mill Plain Boulevard, commercial and mixed-use corridor, and residential mixed-use corridor are the main focuses in the city's corridor strategy.

February 15, 2022, 9:59am Clark County News

A strategy to strengthen an aging commercial district in central Vancouver will move to a second hearing and public hearing, the Vancouver City Council decided Monday. Read story

Larry Witzel, founder and president of SermonView, joins mailhouse technician Hannah Gill as they prepare invitations to be mailed from their Vancouver office. SermonView was among those impacted by the early end of a federal aid program to pandemic-hit businesses.

Clark County businesses feel pinch from early closure of pandemic aid program

Larry Witzel, founder and president of SermonView, joins mailhouse technician Hannah Gill as they prepare invitations to be mailed from their Vancouver office. SermonView was among those impacted by the early end of a federal aid program to pandemic-hit businesses.

January 27, 2022, 6:01am Business

It was a throwaway message in a newsletter from QuickBooks, but it caught Larry Witzel’s eye: the Employee Retention Tax Credit. Read story

Drivers are paying more at the gas pump than this time last year.

Is everything more expensive? From food to rent to gas, Clark County residents paying more for necessities

Drivers are paying more at the gas pump than this time last year.

January 2, 2022, 6:05am Business

Vancouver and Clark County are becoming increasingly expensive places to live. While some costs have risen significantly, others crept upward in a nickel-and-dime trend that’s accelerated over the past year. Read story

A worker lends a hand to the construction of VITA Elementary School at 1111 Fort Vancouver Way. The school is set to open in fall 2022.

Clark County’s strong November job market beats state numbers

A worker lends a hand to the construction of VITA Elementary School at 1111 Fort Vancouver Way. The school is set to open in fall 2022.

December 21, 2021, 6:01pm Business

Clark County’s job market enjoyed another strong month in November, adding 1,200 nonfarm jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. Read story

New homes under construction in the Parkers Abby development in Vancouver in January. Clark County's housing market is experiencing record high demand, with bidding wars on virtually every listed property.

Report: Housing outpaces incomes in Vancouver

New homes under construction in the Parkers Abby development in Vancouver in January. Clark County's housing market is experiencing record high demand, with bidding wars on virtually every listed property.

December 7, 2021, 6:02am Business

More than a quarter of Vancouver mortgage holders are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to a new report from Construction Coverage. That suggests an increasing number of local homeowners are cost-burdened by their mortgages. Read story

A two-story Christmas tree sits among hanging holiday lights at Vancouver Mall, which is already in Christmas mode. The mall is also at near peak capacity with tenants after eight new stores opened in eight weeks. Retailers are expecting a busier than average year, especially with no indoor capacity limits.

Clark County retailers are stocked, ready to welcome holiday shoppers

A two-story Christmas tree sits among hanging holiday lights at Vancouver Mall, which is already in Christmas mode. The mall is also at near peak capacity with tenants after eight new stores opened in eight weeks. Retailers are expecting a busier than average year, especially with no indoor capacity limits.

November 21, 2021, 6:05am Business

Leah Pickering, owner of Kazoodles toy store in Vancouver, placed an order for Christmas puzzles in May. On Tuesday, she found out that they might not arrive by Christmas. Read story