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  • Spokane region adds nearly 9,000 jobs in the last two years

    As the Spokane economy digs out of the recession, there are several bright spots on the job front


  • Economic impact of windstorm uncertain

    The wind storm has boon a short term boom for roofing companies and some hotels, but the gains may not last in the long run.


  • Economists say local job growth may slow

    The Inland Northwest economy in 2015 will roll on at a modest pace, two economists said Tuesday during the annual Greater Spokane Incorporated forecast breakfast. Just don’t expect it to …


  • Spokane recovery lagging behind

    More than 8 million jobs were eliminated across the country by the Great Recession; as the economy contracted, businesses failed or they endured by cutting workers. Spokane County felt its …


  • Slow economic growth expected in Spokane region, experts say

    A longtime regional economic forecaster on Wednesday told Spokane business leaders they should learn a lesson from long-suffering fans of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. “For Cubs fans, it’s always …


  • Spokane County jobless rate declines

    Boosted by hiring at assisted living centers, restaurants and retail stores, Spokane County’s jobless rate in August fell to 7.2 percent – the lowest in nearly five years, the state …


  • Trickle-up economics drowns middle class

    Ten years ago, Kaiser gave up on its Mead plant. The plant had been idled in 2000, but in 2003, the company formally stopped holding out hope for a reopening. …


  • Shawn Vestal: We’ll settle for a less-lousy economy

    The local economy is creeping, creeping, creeping its way back – back toward some semblance of the good old days of 2007. At this point, any recovery stands in reference …


  • Baby boomers change demographics of working population

    Connie and Scott Brunell were living the early-retirement dream shared by many baby boomers once upon a time. They left telephone company jobs in the Seattle area to work for …


  • EWU economist headed to Avista; Barcus retiring

    Two of the Inland Northwest’s most well-known economists are shifting responsibilities, with Eastern Washington University professor Grant Forsyth becoming chief economist at Avista Corp., and Randy Barcus, who has held …


  • Teens’ jobs outlook ‘tough’

    The economy is making it tough to be a kid these days, at least a kid with purchasing power. Many of the jobs traditionally filled by teenagers are now being …


  • Flat job rate persists, but some see way out

    Spokane’s 2011 job picture is nearly identical to Washington’s: It’s been a year of stagnant growth and only slight signs of employment optimism. Spokane County’s latest jobless numbers won’t be …


  • Retail sales rise slightly, with fuel the biggest factor

    Retail sales in Spokane County inched up slightly in the first quarter of 2011, mostly due to increased costs for fuel, area economists said. Retail sales for Spokane County grew …


  • Home prices still falling from bubble

    Homes sales in Spokane and Kootenai counties will lag until prices return to averages established before the mid-decade housing bubble pushed them to unsustainable levels, Coeur d’Alene real estate broker …


  • Spokane County economy fared slightly better than Kootenai’s

    The Spokane County economy eked out a tiny gain in 2009, but Kootenai County’s economy was one of the hardest hit in the country as the recession retained its grip, …


  • Plenty to chew on about economy, but hard to swallow

    The Inland Northwest’s 2011 economic prospects have all the appeal of leftover green bean casserole. That’s pretty much the dish from local economists who see the near future in the …


  • Local recovery slow going

    The economic recovery will grind slowly forward next year, extending this year’s modest improvements but not breaking out strongly enough to significantly affect unemployment and household income, economists John Mitchell …


  • Spokane’s economy showing signs of recovery, Moody’s finds

    Spokane’s economy is recovering, while Coeur d’Alene’s remains in recession, according to a new analysis of June data released Monday by Moody’s Economy.com. But the Kootenai County city’s rankings for …


  • Forecasters say region’s economic growth will be minimal in 2010

    Inland Northwest residents should not expect much out of the region’s economy next year, forecasters John Mitchell and Grant Forsyth said Thursday. Job and income growth will be minimal, housing …


  • Local economists see little, if any, turnaround in 2010

    Inland Northwest residents should not expect much out of the region’s economy next year, forecasters John Mitchell and Grant Forsyth said Thursday.


  • Regional experts wary about trend in unemployment rate

    Although some economists said slippage in the national July unemployment rate to 9.4 percent might be a sign the recession may have reached bottom, state and local economists were more …


  • economists say designation can be fluid

    Not the what, but the when surprised two local economists reacting to a conclusion the United States is in a recession that began last December. Avista Corp. economist Randy Barcus …


  • Regional outlook tepid

    The 2009 outlook for the Spokane-Kootenai County economy is more of the same marginal growth that has characterized most of 2008, Eastern Washington University professor Grant Forsyth said Thursday. Speaking …


  • Area economists hopeful

    Two Spokane economists have joined the camp predicting a recession this year in the U.S. economy. But Eastern Washington University’s Grant Forsyth and Avista Corp.’s Randy Barcus also said they …

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