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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

Construction crews work on apartment buildings at the Latitude 45 development, a Ginn Group project near the Four Seasons subdivision in east Vancouver. Ginn Group typically builds single-family detached housing and townhomes; the apartment project represents a new push into multi-family units and rental properties.

November tops ’19 so far in Clark County job growth

Construction crews work on apartment buildings at the Latitude 45 development, a Ginn Group project near the Four Seasons subdivision in east Vancouver. Ginn Group typically builds single-family detached housing and townhomes; the apartment project represents a new push into multi-family units and rental properties.

December 27, 2019, 4:55pm Business

November was the best month of 2019 to date for employment growth, according to statistics released Friday from the Washington Employment Security Department. Read story

State legislators from Clark County reviewed a wide range of topics during the annual Legislative Outlook Breakfast on Friday morning at WareHouse '23 in Vancouver. State Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, from left, state Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, state Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, state Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, state Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, and state Rep. Larry Hoff, R-Vancouver, spoke during the breakfast.

Lawmakers differ on next steps for voter-approved $30 car tabs

State legislators from Clark County reviewed a wide range of topics during the annual Legislative Outlook Breakfast on Friday morning at WareHouse '23 in Vancouver. State Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, from left, state Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, state Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, state Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, state Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, and state Rep. Larry Hoff, R-Vancouver, spoke during the breakfast.

December 15, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

Local legislators have different perspectives on Initiative 976, ranging from accepting the Nov. 5 statewide vote for $30 car tabs to taking a cautious approach during legal challenges to the measure’s constitutionality. Read story

ZoomInfo CEO Henry Schuck, whose company is one of the fastest growing in the county, is pictured in his downtown office. The Vancouver-based form, formerly known as DiscoverOrg, has filed for an IPO.

ZoomInfo, formerly DiscoverOrg, files for IPO

ZoomInfo CEO Henry Schuck, whose company is one of the fastest growing in the county, is pictured in his downtown office. The Vancouver-based form, formerly known as DiscoverOrg, has filed for an IPO.

November 26, 2019, 1:41pm Business

One of Vancouver’s largest employers, ZoomInfo, formerly DiscoverOrg, announced it is seeking approval from regulators for an initial public offering to sell shares in the company, the company said on Tuesday. Read story

Bartender and server Garrett Lawler, center, serves customers at Mt. Tabor Brewing in Felida on Tuesday evening. Lawler said he's looking forward to the increase in minimum wage. "It's absolutely fantastic," he said. Top: Lawler pours beer at Mt. Tabor Brewing.

Minimum wage rises to $13.50 Jan. 1, creating challenge for businesses

Bartender and server Garrett Lawler, center, serves customers at Mt. Tabor Brewing in Felida on Tuesday evening. Lawler said he's looking forward to the increase in minimum wage. "It's absolutely fantastic," he said. Top: Lawler pours beer at Mt. Tabor Brewing.

November 24, 2019, 6:03am Business

At Mt. Tabor Brewing Company’s pub in Felida, 10 of the 21 workers are getting a raise effective Jan. 1. They’ll see their hourly rate bumped from $12 to $13.50, thanks to Initiative 433, passed by Washington voters in 2016. Read story

Construction workers work on a home in Cedars Village, a new subdivision in southeast Battle Ground.

Employment in Clark County sees ‘average October’

Construction workers work on a home in Cedars Village, a new subdivision in southeast Battle Ground.

November 19, 2019, 4:49pm Business

It was a run-of-the-mill October for Clark County’s job market, which saw a gain of 2,900 jobs. And most of those — 1,700 jobs — were seasonal positions from the education sector with school back in session. Read story

The construction and mining sector in Clark County gained 1,000 jobs in September over 2018, a 6.6 percent growth rate.

Education sector propels Clark County’s September job growth

The construction and mining sector in Clark County gained 1,000 jobs in September over 2018, a 6.6 percent growth rate.

October 23, 2019, 6:03am Business

The education sector led the charge for job gains in Clark County last month, adding about half of the roughly 1,600 jobs that the county picked up. That’s according to the latest labor market report from the state’s regional labor economist, Scott Bailey. Read story

Devon Laverne, a 2018 graduate from Mountain View High School in Evergreen District, works in the laser mark department at SEH America in Vancouver.

County gets latest state Center of Excellence

Devon Laverne, a 2018 graduate from Mountain View High School in Evergreen District, works in the laser mark department at SEH America in Vancouver.

September 12, 2019, 5:22pm Business

Clark County is now home to Washington’s newest Center of Excellence, a state office that operates pipeline programs aimed at connecting students with job training. Read story

Robertson & Olson fleet manager Darin Borg, left, and owner Matt Olson, right, look at a row of excavators at the new J. Stout Auctions facility in Washougal on Tuesday.

J. Stout Auctions finds new home in Washougal

Robertson & Olson fleet manager Darin Borg, left, and owner Matt Olson, right, look at a row of excavators at the new J. Stout Auctions facility in Washougal on Tuesday.

September 11, 2019, 6:02am Business

WASHOUGAL — Industrial equipment auction company J. Stout Auctions officially opened its new auction yard with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. Read story