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"Getting back to work? I don't know," said Meghan Richardson, who's responsible for her child's care after she's discharged from the hospital.

More than 7,000 Clark County residents to be cut off from federal jobless aid

"Getting back to work? I don't know," said Meghan Richardson, who's responsible for her child's care after she's discharged from the hospital.

September 4, 2021, 6:07am Business

Every day for about five hours, Meghan Richardson visits her daughter, Rose Washington, at the hospital’s intensive care unit. Rose was born prematurely before her lungs could fully develop. Read story

Jennifer Le of Vancouver, left, enjoys a treat at Ice Cream Renaissance in Uptown Village with her sister, Julie, on Monday afternoon. Washington's renewed indoor mask mandate took effect Monday.

Clark County business owners, employees, customers adjust as mask mandate returns

Jennifer Le of Vancouver, left, enjoys a treat at Ice Cream Renaissance in Uptown Village with her sister, Julie, on Monday afternoon. Washington's renewed indoor mask mandate took effect Monday.

August 23, 2021, 6:31pm Business

Clark County retailers reacted with a mix of resignation and trepidation as Washington’s renewed mask mandate took effect Monday. 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

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Unemployment claims in Clark County steadily declining

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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

The homepage of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Clark County jobless claims falling but still high

The homepage of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

July 2, 2021, 5:25pm Business

The county’s barometer for a recovering labor market, continued unemployment claims, continued a downward trend last week but still remained at a high number. Read story

The unemployment rate for Washington in May was 5.3 percent.

Clark County’s job market continued to improve in May

The unemployment rate for Washington in May was 5.3 percent.

June 24, 2021, 5:39pm Business

Clark County’s job market continued to improve during May, and many sectors, including retail trade, are back to — or even better than — before the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

The homepage of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

New jobless claims in Clark County near normal

The homepage of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

June 18, 2021, 5:29pm Business

Clark County residents’ initial unemployment insurance claims are back to pre-pandemic levels, according to the Employment Security Department; last week, initial claims dropped substantially, from 455 to 317 and 225 were already in the ESD’s system going back to the first week of the pandemic. Read story

Vladimir Rakach, senior construction manager for Hurley Development, works in his office at Hurley Tower in downtown Vancouver.

Office space in Vancouver on the rebound

Vladimir Rakach, senior construction manager for Hurley Development, works in his office at Hurley Tower in downtown Vancouver.

June 13, 2021, 6:05am Business

The coronavirus pandemic triggered an immediate and seismic shift in the professional office landscape, sending entire offices home for 15 months of remote work and forcing companies to grapple with unexplored questions about how much of their work actually requires a professional office setting. Read story