Stories tagged: economy
SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017
Political calculations threaten government data
The U.S. government produces some of the best and most complete data in the world – information that helps the economy work well. Trustworthy statistics are a vital national asset.
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 5:04 A.M.
Oregon bill would make all cans, bottles worth dime in April
Oregonians, hold off redeeming your sticky piles of empty bottles and cans for just a few more weeks! On April 1, their refundable deposit will be worth double what you …
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 4:25 A.M.
In California, plan to boost deportations worries some employers
The news that President Donald Trump ordered an aggressive crackdown on 11 million undocumented people sent a chill through immigrant communities. California businesses that employ lots of immigrants are shivering …
THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 1:24 P.M.
Housing shortage on Oregon coast has officials concerned
Astoria officials are considering placing limits on temporary lodging like Airbnb rentals to free up units for permanent residents of the coastal Oregon city.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 9:52 A.M.
In unusually hostile message, North Korea accuses China of ‘dancing to U.S. tune’
In an unusual commentary released by state media on Thursday, North Korea accused a foreign country that claims to be a “friendly neighbor” of measures tantamount to an attempt to …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 9:49 A.M.
Trump deportation threats to constrict already-tight job market
President Donald Trump’s sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants will strain an already tight U.S. job market, with one study suggesting that removing all of them would cost the economy as …
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 8:36 A.M.
Commercial salmon disaster funding awaiting congressional approval
When Washington’s congressional delegation pressured U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker into signing a disaster declaration for the state’s commercial salmon fishery, local fishermen were hopeful those funds would be making …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 6:15 P.M.
Dog walkers will be more in demand than teachers in aging U.S.
Memo to job-seekers: You’ve probably got more of a chance walking dogs for a living than teaching kids in the coming decade’s labor market.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 6:41 P.M.
Trump’s contempt for trade deals spurs anxiety: What’s next?
Donald Trump is moving quickly to dismantle seven decades of American policy built on trade deals and multinational alliances that help fuel the U.S. and global economies. And no one …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 12:59 P.M.
Washington state GOP lawmakers push for income tax amendment
Several Central Washington House Republicans are seeking a constitutional amendment that would prohibit a state income tax. Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, lead sponsor and one of 38 House Republicans who …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 8:07 A.M.
Average 30-year mortgage rate dips to 4.15 percent
Long-term mortgage rates slipped again this week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate loans eased to 4.15 percent from 4.17 percent last week. The benchmark rate …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 8:04 A.M.
Fewer Americans than forecast file for unemployment insurance
Fewer Americans than forecast filed last week applications for unemployment benefits, underscoring a vibrant labor market.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 9:55 A.M.
Retail CEOs meet with Trump, call meeting ‘productive’
President Donald Trump on Wednesday met with a group of executives from big-name retailers such as Target and Best Buy, a conversation in which the industry planned to make the …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 7:46 A.M.
Judge rules cleanups of Seattle homeless camps can continue
A federal judge has decided not to impose restrictions on how Seattle and the state of Washington conduct cleanups of unauthorized homeless camps. The Seattle Times reported that two homeless …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 4:39 A.M.
Armyworm invasion threatening southern Africa’s crops
An invasion of armyworms is stripping southern Africa of key food crops and could spread to other parts of the continent, experts warned Tuesday at an emergency meeting of 16 …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 4:10 P.M.
Yellen: Expect Fed to resume raising rates in coming months
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen defended the central bank’s independence Wednesday from Republican lawmakers who are pushing for major changes in how the central bank operates and how regulators oversee …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017, 6:36 P.M.
Venezuela condemns drug sanctions on VP as U.S. weighs policy
Venezuela’s vice president shrugged off U.S. sanctions identifying him as a major international drug trafficker, saying Tuesday that the actions by the Trump administration only deepen his commitment to the …
TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017, 10:31 A.M.
Inflation’s special threat for stocks as richly priced as these
Investors have spent a decade beseeching heaven for inflation. Given the market’s vulnerability to valuation shocks, they should be careful what they pray for.
TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017, 7:15 A.M.
Wholesale prices rose in January, led by gasoline
Higher costs for gasoline costs helped fuel a rise in U.S. wholesale prices in January, but overall inflation still appears to be in check.
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 4:02 P.M.
GOP, allies launch defense of Puzder, Trump’s Labor pick
Rattled by bitter fights over President Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks, Republicans and their allies have launched a fresh campaign to defend fast food executive Andrew Puzder’s nomination to lead the …
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 11:59 A.M.
Portland developers sue to evict homeless tent camp
Two Portland development companies have filed a lawsuit in order to evict a homeless tent camp across the street from a hotel they are renovating.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 10:52 A.M.
Bill would lower supermajority requirement for Idaho bonds
The threshold for approving municipality and school bonds would be lowered slightly under a new proposal recently introduced in the Idaho Statehouse.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 6:10 P.M.
Lobbyist: Trump supports privatizing air traffic control
President Donald Trump says he wants airline travelers to have the best service with minimal delays. Trump is speaking at the start of a meeting with the chief executives of …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 1:57 P.M.
U.K.’s House of Commons passes bill authorizing Brexit
Britain’s House of Commons gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill authorizing the government to start exit talks with the European Union, despite fears by opposition lawmakers that the …
TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017, 1:40 P.M.
May’s winning offer to Brexit rebels: a veto on final EU deal
Prime Minister Theresa May kept her plan to trigger Brexit on track after promising lawmakers the chance to veto the final deal she strikes with the European Union. May’s administration …
TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017, 12:57 P.M.
City of Vancouver backs I-5 Bridge replacement resolution
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Vancouver City Council on Monday night supported an effort to declare replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge a project of statewide significance.
TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017, 11:51 A.M.
Scottish Parliament votes against U.K. pulling Brexit trigger
The Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly backed a motion opposing the start of the process for the U.K. to leave the European Union in a gesture against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017, 9:34 A.M.
Job openings remain at mostly healthy level in December
The number of open jobs was mostly unchanged in December from the previous month, leaving openings at a healthy level.
TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2017
Robert J. Samuelson: Trump vs. the regulatory state
Trump’s objective is to cut government regulation by about 70 percent. It will be a tough target to reach. But Trump seems determined to try.
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017, 5:39 P.M.
Montana’s outdoors brought economic boost in 2016, report says
A University of Montana research institute says that more than 12 million tourists visited the Big Sky State last year, spending nearly $3.5 billion and supporting nearly 53,000 jobs.