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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 had 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 had 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&#039;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&#039;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

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

Shoppers stock up on canned items at WinCo Foods Friday, March 13, 2020 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho Gov. Brad Little declared a state of emergency Friday because of the new coronavirus.

Who’s hiring in Clark County in wake of COVID-19? Grocery stores

Shoppers stock up on canned items at WinCo Foods Friday, March 13, 2020 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho Gov. Brad Little declared a state of emergency Friday because of the new coronavirus.

March 19, 2020, 6:05am Business

The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it has led to a sudden and dramatic spike in layoffs as restaurants and other small businesses have shuttered. But one industry has seen the opposite trend: grocery stores. Read story

Steve Valenta, left, owner of The Mighty Bowl in downtown Vancouver, talks with employee Elias Gribble while preparing for the lunch rush on Wednesday. Gribble is one of the employees who recently received a minimum-wage increase.

Washington workers adjusting to life at $13.50

Steve Valenta, left, owner of The Mighty Bowl in downtown Vancouver, talks with employee Elias Gribble while preparing for the lunch rush on Wednesday. Gribble is one of the employees who recently received a minimum-wage increase.

January 19, 2020, 6:05am Business

When Steve Valenta looks at the financials from his restaurant's first eight years, most of the numbers have gone up. Read story