economic recovery http://kplu.org en New Data Points Show 'Soft Patch' in Hiring, Slow Overall Growth http://kplu.org/post/new-data-points-show-soft-patch-hiring-slow-overall-growth <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state hit a soft patch in hiring and saw slow overall growth, according to two new data points released Wednesday.</span></p><p>Washington state's unemployment rate essentially held steady at 7 percent from August through October. Federal government furloughs delayed the release of the data last month, which resulted in the release of two sets this month.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:10:16 +0000 Tom Banse 11181 at http://kplu.org The economy continues to slowly limp toward recovery http://kplu.org/post/economy-continues-slowly-limp-toward-recovery <p><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/are-we-longer-recovery">Last summer</a>, financial commentator Greg Heberlein became more pessimistic about the economic recovery, predicting it would take 10 to 15 years to get back to &quot;normal&quot;.</p><p>Now that a year has gone by, has anything changed?</p><p>Sadly, Greg says we have another 9 to 14 years left to go.</p><p>Greg and KPLU&#39;s Dave Meyer look at the prospects for a slow recovery on this week&#39;s Money Matters.</p><p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 5956 at http://kplu.org The economy continues to slowly limp toward recovery Improving economy predicted for the Puget Sound http://kplu.org/post/improving-economy-predicted-puget-sound <p><span>&quot;It is a sunny day, with some clouds,&quot; says </span><span><a href="http://www.economicforecaster.com/aboutus/dickconway.php">Dick Conway</a>, a Puget Sound Economic Forecaster. </span><span>&quot;The more I study the Puget Sound economy, the more I am struck by the fact that the more it changes, the more it stays the same.&quot;</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:19:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3694 at http://kplu.org Improving economy predicted for the Puget Sound Washington job growth reaches four year high http://kplu.org/post/washington-job-growth-reaches-four-year-high <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington added more than 12,000 jobs in November. That drops the state unemployment rate to 8.7 percent.</p><p>In fact, employment statistics released Wednesday show that job growth has reached a four-year high in Washington.</p><p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:31:24 +0000 Northwest News Network 3454 at http://kplu.org Income inequality lower than average in NW, says census report http://kplu.org/post/income-inequality-lower-average-nw-says-census-report <p>New numbers show the gap between the rich and poor has grown across the nation. But income inequality in the Northwest is lower than the national level. That&#39;s according to an analysis released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:00:15 +0000 Jessica Robinson 3009 at http://kplu.org Income inequality lower than average in NW, says census report Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters? http://kplu.org/post/fear-%E2%80%98american-malaise%E2%80%99-eating-washington-voters <p>The latest polling of Washington voters shows that optimism has taken &ldquo;nose dive&rdquo; to an all-time low.</p><p>Voters surveyed in <a href="http://www.elwayresearch.com/elwaypoll.html">The Elway Poll</a> &ndash; an independent, nonpartisan analysis of public opinion &ndash; were less likely to think things were &ldquo;getting better&rdquo; than at any time since the survey began in 1991.</p><p>The architect of the survey, Stuart Elway, said people may be openly entertaining the idea that America has entered a &ldquo;malaise&rdquo; or &ldquo;a new normal&rdquo; of long-term high unemployment, weak spending and, simply, a plain old bummer of an economy <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/22/business/worldbusiness/22japan.html">like the one Japan suffered</a> for more than a decade.</p><p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:38:05 +0000 Jake Ellison 2450 at http://kplu.org Is fear of an ‘American malaise’ eating Washington voters? Follow-up: Economic troubles hitting home http://kplu.org/post/follow-economic-troubles-hitting-home <p>On Tuesday <a href="http://www.facebook.com/KPLU.org">when we started the conversation on our Facebook page</a> about the real impact of the bad economy, the DOW was back on the mend and the fallout from S&amp;P downgrades seemed to be moderate. In that <a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jtMxwSxTNqkgHwqRDY8UcOPfheOQ?docId=d3c8a1e2600d456795153b8d896beb20">calm before the storm</a>, however, we still felt that the blows to the economy are adding up and causing real people real headaches.</p><p>Boy is it, and according to one expert the kind of economic recession we have had will take years to pull out of.</p><p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:30:24 +0000 Jake Ellison 2302 at http://kplu.org Follow-up: Economic troubles hitting home Technology continues to lead the economy http://kplu.org/post/technology-continues-lead-economy <p>Economists say the <a href="http://www.nber.org/cycles/sept2010.html">recession ended in June, 2009</a>, but for many of us, it&rsquo;s hard to tell the difference. Unemployment remains high and the economy is growing slowly.</p><p>This month on &quot;The Digital Future,&quot;<a href="http://stratnews.com/"> Strategic News Service</a> publisher <a href="http://www.tapsns.com/aboutmark.php">Mark Anderson</a> and KPLU&rsquo;s Dave Meyer look at the bright spot of the economy:&nbsp; the technology sector.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 2154 at http://kplu.org Technology continues to lead the economy Seattle named one of "10 Great Cities for College Grads" http://kplu.org/post/seattle-named-one-10-great-cities-college-grads <div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>Seattle and the Puget Sound area seem to be popping up on those &quot;top ten&quot; and &quot;best places to...&quot; lists with increasing regularity.</p> Fri, 20 May 2011 18:39:33 +0000 Gary Crawford 1636 at http://kplu.org Seattle named one of "10 Great Cities for College Grads" Washington state jobless rate drops to 9.1 percent http://kplu.org/post/washington-state-jobless-rate-drops-91-percent <p>Washington&#39;s jobless rate is down to 9.1 percent after the state added an estimated 5,800 jobs in April. Wed, 18 May 2011 21:30:59 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1626 at http://kplu.org Washington state jobless rate drops to 9.1 percent