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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

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

Labor shortage still order of the day in Clark County

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

October 3, 2021, 6:05am Business

It’s been about a month since the federal government ended unemployment insurance benefits for more than 7,000 people in Clark County. And although there’s no official data to back it up, there’s been no mass return to the workforce to ease an ongoing labor shortage affecting mostly restaurants and hotels. Read story

A house on Northeast 118th Street with a Hasson Company Realtors for sale sign in front is pictured Tuesday. After a slight reprieve in July and August, Clark County real estate agents are expecting the housing market to tighten again in the fall.

Clark County home sales dip slightly in August as prices rise

A house on Northeast 118th Street with a Hasson Company Realtors for sale sign in front is pictured Tuesday. After a slight reprieve in July and August, Clark County real estate agents are expecting the housing market to tighten again in the fall.

September 15, 2021, 6:04am Business

August sees dip in sales from July, but 12.8% growth since last year Read story

A person dressed as Sasquatch greets those seeking employment at a job fair in August 2021. The fair drew more than 100 employers looking to meet with job seekers to the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. At top, Henry Pio of Hazel Dell, from left, talks with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler as she greets his stepdaughter, Geovanna Alarcon, who is looking for employment.

Herrera Beutler’s job fair draws record number of employers

A person dressed as Sasquatch greets those seeking employment at a job fair in August 2021. The fair drew more than 100 employers looking to meet with job seekers to the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds. At top, Henry Pio of Hazel Dell, from left, talks with Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler as she greets his stepdaughter, Geovanna Alarcon, who is looking for employment.

August 19, 2021, 7:55pm Business

Following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s annual Clark County jobs fair returned Thursday, drawing what she and her staff described as a record turnout of employers and likely a record number of job seekers. Read story

Houses in Vancouver as seen in March 2015.

Clark County housing market slows, but only slightly

Houses in Vancouver as seen in March 2015.

August 14, 2021, 5:19pm Business

Clark County’s real estate market appeared to slow in July, but only slightly — and only in comparison with the breakneck pace of market activity so far this year. Read story

(Associated Press files)

Unemployment claims in Clark County steadily declining

(Associated Press files)

August 14, 2021, 2:34pm Business

Unemployment insurance claims in Clark County are the fewest since the pandemic began, and they continue a steady decline. Read story

Unemployment claims in Clark County keep falling

July 31, 2021, 2:39pm Business

Continued unemployment claims in Clark County saw another drop, according to the latest weekly data released by the Employment Security Department. Read story

The construction industry saw gains in employment in June in Clark County.

Clark County sees seasonally adjusted net gain of 700 jobs in June

The construction industry saw gains in employment in June in Clark County.

July 22, 2021, 5:49pm Clark County Business

Clark County’s labor market maintained its recovery momentum in June with a seasonally adjusted net gain of 700 jobs, according to the latest report from regional economist Scott Bailey. The county added 1,400 jobs in June in unadjusted terms, for a total of 167,700 jobs. Read story

Construction workers talk on the downtown Block 10 site where apartment buildings are being built on Jan. 12. The building is among several apartment projects in downtown.

Apartment rents soaring in Clark County, outpacing wage growth

Construction workers talk on the downtown Block 10 site where apartment buildings are being built on Jan. 12. The building is among several apartment projects in downtown.

July 18, 2021, 6:05am Business

Joel Moon never thought living in Vancouver would be this straining as he seeks an independent life, and now he’s considering leaving for good. Read story

New homes are under construction at Kennedy Farm in Ridgefield .

Sizzling weather barely cools June housing market in S.W. Washington

New homes are under construction at Kennedy Farm in Ridgefield .

July 15, 2021, 3:27pm Business

The Southwest Washington housing market stayed hot in June, with an influx of new listings balanced out by a surge in closed sales, according to the latest report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service. Read story