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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

Chrissy Gibbins of Beaches restaurant brings out dishes to lunchtime customers on Thursday morning, May 6, 2021. Beaches, along with most restaurants in Vancouver, is having trouble filling open positions.

Clark County jobless numbers increase slightly

Chrissy Gibbins of Beaches restaurant brings out dishes to lunchtime customers on Thursday morning, May 6, 2021. Beaches, along with most restaurants in Vancouver, is having trouble filling open positions.

May 28, 2021, 6:05am Business

The number of employed residents of Clark County decreased in April, according to new estimates that could be revised upward when more accurate data is available in a few months. Read story

State Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, left, talks with state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, right, on the otherwise empty floor of the Washington House, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. With most representatives attending remotely, lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Business leaders quiz Clark County legislators on capital gains tax, I-5 Bridge, COVID relief

State Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, left, talks with state Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, right, on the otherwise empty floor of the Washington House, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. With most representatives attending remotely, lawmakers were considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S.

May 23, 2021, 6:07am Business

Southwest Washington business community leaders held their annual Legislative Review on Friday, quizzing lawmakers from the 17th, 18th and 49th districts about their work during this year’s session and their biggest priorities going forward. Read story

Brooklyn Feustel looks through the selection at Kazoodles Toys in Vancouver. The toy store is one of many small businesses in Clark County that received Paycheck Protection Program loans last year. Local lenders have now turned to guiding their clients through the loan forgiveness process.

Clark County businesses find COVID relief comes with a price: lots of paperwork

Brooklyn Feustel looks through the selection at Kazoodles Toys in Vancouver. The toy store is one of many small businesses in Clark County that received Paycheck Protection Program loans last year. Local lenders have now turned to guiding their clients through the loan forgiveness process.

May 22, 2021, 6:01am Business

COVID relief comes with a price — lots of paperwork to show the government Read story

The home page of the Washington Employment Security Department (The Columbian files)

Latest round of Washington unemployment fraud could have tie to Clark County

The home page of the Washington Employment Security Department (The Columbian files)

May 20, 2021, 7:13pm Business

Washington was hit with another round of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims, and some of them may have come from Clark County. Because of the state’s fraud detection, no money has been paid to those claims. Read story

Ezekiel Gonzalez of Beaches Restaurant and Bar works during the lunchtime rush May 6.

Safe By Summer asks Clark County employers to aim for 80% vaccinated

Ezekiel Gonzalez of Beaches Restaurant and Bar works during the lunchtime rush May 6.

May 18, 2021, 5:59am Business

Several of Clark County’s biggest business associations are rolling out a coordinated vaccination campaign called Safe By Summer, calling on local employers of all sizes to pledge that they will aim to have at least 80 percent of their staff fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aug. 15. Read story

(The Associated press files)

Clark County’s drop in jobless claims shows area’s slow, steady improvement

(The Associated press files)

May 14, 2021, 5:47pm Clark County Business

Clark County’s continued unemployment insurance claims declined for the 11th straight week, showing a slow but steadily improving trend. Read story

Kathleen Olson of Beaches restaurant makes drinks for lunchtime customers on Thursday morning, May 6, 2021. Beaches, along with most restaurants in Vancouver, is having trouble filling open positions.

Pandemic labor shortage hits Clark County hospitality industry hard

Kathleen Olson of Beaches restaurant makes drinks for lunchtime customers on Thursday morning, May 6, 2021. Beaches, along with most restaurants in Vancouver, is having trouble filling open positions.

May 13, 2021, 6:00am Business

Pandemic’s labor shortage has hit hospitality industry especially hard Read story

Vancouver residents Josh Golliday, left, and his sister Katherine Golliday take jello shots at Vault 31 Bar in Vancouver. Vault 31 is giving away free jello shots to guests who can prove they have received a COVID-19 vaccination. A vaccination card or a selfie of getting vaccinated both serve as proof.

Clark County businesses finding clever ways to encourage vaccinations

Vancouver residents Josh Golliday, left, and his sister Katherine Golliday take jello shots at Vault 31 Bar in Vancouver. Vault 31 is giving away free jello shots to guests who can prove they have received a COVID-19 vaccination. A vaccination card or a selfie of getting vaccinated both serve as proof.

April 26, 2021, 6:04am Clark County Business

Donut chain Krispy Kreme grabbed headlines across America last month when it announced that customers could receive a free doughnut a day just by vising a store with proof that they’d received a COVID-19 vaccination. Read story

Beaches server April Martinell brings a plate of bread to customers. Restaurants returned to limited indoor dining in February.

Clark County adds 700 jobs in March for 3rd straight month of gains

Beaches server April Martinell brings a plate of bread to customers. Restaurants returned to limited indoor dining in February.

April 20, 2021, 6:45pm Business

Clark County gained about 700 jobs in March on a seasonally adjusted scale. It was the third month in a row of gains for the local job market. Read story