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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… 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

Taunya Gough, a cashier and assistant at the northeast Vancouver Costco, shares a smile with a colleague while disinfecting the handles of shopping carts on March 20.

Expert gauges COVID-19’s potential effect on Clark County’s job market

Taunya Gough, a cashier and assistant at the northeast Vancouver Costco, shares a smile with a colleague while disinfecting the handles of shopping carts on March 20.

March 29, 2020, 6:05am Business

The ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has already had a profound effect on Clark County’s job market, and the impact is likely to get worse in the coming weeks as the newest round of public containment measures make themselves felt. Read story

Activity is scarce Tuesday on Washington Street in downtown Vancouver, following Gov. Jay Inslee's temporary stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Surge in Clark County, state jobless claims not to be last

Activity is scarce Tuesday on Washington Street in downtown Vancouver, following Gov. Jay Inslee's temporary stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

March 26, 2020, 7:18pm Business

The number of unemployment claims in Clark County last week spiked by 1,575 percent compared with the week before, signaling the first set of employment impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak. Read story

The Space Needle is seen through the round opening of a sculpture at the Seattle Center in Seattle.

Cruel paradox: Beating virus means causing U.S. recession

The Space Needle is seen through the round opening of a sculpture at the Seattle Center in Seattle.

March 22, 2020, 6:05am Business

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus is dealing a death blow to the longest U.S. economic expansion on record, triggering layoffs and putting intense strain on the nation’s financial system. Read story

Erik Hernandez of G Builders, left, and his brother Misael lend a hand to the construction of the The Aria apartments in downtown Vancouver on Thursday morning. Most major job sites are still active, and the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the construction sector has been, at least so far, minimal.

Clark County construction continues to stand firm

Erik Hernandez of G Builders, left, and his brother Misael lend a hand to the construction of the The Aria apartments in downtown Vancouver on Thursday morning. Most major job sites are still active, and the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the construction sector has been, at least so far, minimal.

March 21, 2020, 6:05am Business

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted Clark County businesses in nearly every industry, but amid the chaos, one of the county’s biggest industries appears to be chugging along with minimal impacts, at least so far: Construction. 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.

Unemployment claims soar in Washington, Oregon

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 20, 2020, 5:46pm Business

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. Read story