economy http://kuow.org en Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-jobs-picture-shows-slow-growth <p></p><p>The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent. The Employment Security Department said the <a href="http://www.esd.wa.gov/newsandinformation/releases/14-022.php">state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March</a>.&nbsp;The biggest job gains last month were seen in professional and business services. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:52:41 +0000 Patricia Murphy 32691 at http://kuow.org Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth How Collaborative Commons Is The Beginning Of The End For Capitalism http://kuow.org/post/how-collaborative-commons-beginning-end-capitalism <p></p><p>Marcie Sillman talks with Jeremy Rifkin about his new book, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism." Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:09:53 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 32614 at http://kuow.org How Collaborative Commons Is The Beginning Of The End For Capitalism The Challenges Of The Northwest's Maritime Industry http://kuow.org/post/challenges-northwests-maritime-industry <p></p><p>Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton about the challenges facing the maritime industry in the Pacific Northwest. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:21:36 +0000 Steve Scher & Amina Al-Sadi 32078 at http://kuow.org The Challenges Of The Northwest's Maritime Industry US Will Return To Historic Levels Of Inequality Says One Economist http://kuow.org/post/us-will-return-historic-levels-inequality-says-one-economist <p>Here in the Puget Sound region and across the country, the economy is making slow and steady progress in recovering from the Great Recession of 2008. But moving forward, many questions still remain. A crucial one involves the growing inequality gap. Economist <a href="http://www.gmu.edu/centers/publicchoice/faculty%20pages/Tyler/">Tyler Cowen</a> says the U.S. will return to historic levels of inequality and in turn, we'll see a thinning out of the middle class.</p><p>His latest book is called <a href="http://www.us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780525953739,00.html">“Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond The Age Of The Great Stagnation.”</a> Cowen talked with Marcie Sillman. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:30:18 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Andy Hurst 20564 at http://kuow.org US Will Return To Historic Levels Of Inequality Says One Economist Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In Washington, Dips In Oregon http://kuow.org/post/unemployment-rate-holds-steady-washington-dips-oregon <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031914TB_Turek_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington state's unemployment rate <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/reports-publications/economic-reports/monthly-employment-report">held steady in February at 6.4 percent</a> according to fresh numbers from the state Employment Security Department.<p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:10:38 +0000 Tom Banse 30910 at http://kuow.org Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In Washington, Dips In Oregon David Neumark: Low-Income Family And Low-Wage Worker Are Related 'Very Loosely' http://kuow.org/post/david-neumark-low-income-family-and-low-wage-worker-are-related-very-loosely <p>Marcie Sillman talks with economist David Neumark at the University of California, Irvine, about what key issues Seattle needs to address before raising its minimum wage. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:46:49 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 30472 at http://kuow.org David Neumark: Low-Income Family And Low-Wage Worker Are Related 'Very Loosely' Why Northwest Mills Want China To Buy Lumber Instead Of Logs http://kuow.org/post/why-northwest-mills-want-china-buy-lumber-instead-logs <p>Mark Elston followed his father into the timber industry back when business was booming.</p><p>"When I started, you could really mess things up and still make good money," he said. "You can't do that anymore." Thu, 06 Mar 2014 23:09:04 +0000 Cassandra Profita 29955 at http://kuow.org Why Northwest Mills Want China To Buy Lumber Instead Of Logs Washington Recoups Great Recession Job Losses, With Caveat http://kuow.org/post/washington-recoups-great-recession-job-losses-caveat <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030514AJ_Turek_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It took four years, but Washington has now recovered more jobs than it lost during the Great Recession.<p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:43:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 29952 at http://kuow.org Washington Recoups Great Recession Job Losses, With Caveat Macroeconomics: The Big Picture Of The Minimum Wage http://kuow.org/post/macroeconomics-big-picture-minimum-wage <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist and author, about his new book "The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run – or Ruin – an Economy."&nbsp;</p><p>The book focuses on the work of macroeconomists and how they believe that tweaking the right dials can steer our economy away from danger. Harford also offers a macroeconomic perspective for Seattle's on-going minimum wage debate. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:56:43 +0000 Ross Reynolds 29575 at http://kuow.org Macroeconomics: The Big Picture Of The Minimum Wage Washington Supreme Court Takes On Loan Fraud, Foreclosure Fights http://kuow.org/post/washington-supreme-court-takes-loan-fraud-foreclosure-fights <p>Larry Jametsky visits his family home frequently, even though he was evicted from it almost four years ago.</p><p>He and his family have been homeless since then, but they’ve stayed near the blue house in the city of SeaTac. “This was my grandparents’ house, my dad’s house,” Jametsky said. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:50:41 +0000 Amy Radil 29371 at http://kuow.org Washington Supreme Court Takes On Loan Fraud, Foreclosure Fights 2013: A Good Year For West Coast Lumber and Log Exports http://kuow.org/post/2013-good-year-west-coast-lumber-and-log-exports West Coast log and lumber exports rose sharply in 2013 as Asian demand for American logs increased, according to new research from the U.S. Forest Service.<p>The region's lumber and log exports rose about 20 percent last year, with demand peaking in the fourth quarter.<p>Most of the West Coast logs shipped overseas are going to China -- although Japan has upped its demand, as well. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:45:32 +0000 Devan Schwartz 29391 at http://kuow.org 2013: A Good Year For West Coast Lumber and Log Exports Conservative Republican Calls For Higher Minimum Wage http://kuow.org/post/conservative-republican-calls-higher-minimum-wage <p>Marcie Sillman&nbsp;talks with Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley millionaire and conservative activist, about why he thinks Republicans and the nation as a whole would benefit from a $12 minimum wage. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:35:31 +0000 Arwen Nicks & Marcie Sillman 29060 at http://kuow.org Conservative Republican Calls For Higher Minimum Wage Money Can't Buy You Love, But It Might Help http://kuow.org/post/money-cant-buy-you-love-it-might-help <p>Ross Reynolds talks with sociologist Dr. Christie Boxer about why a growing number of Americans are marrying into their own economic class. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:45:20 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Hannah Burn 28662 at http://kuow.org Money Can't Buy You Love, But It Might Help Are Wealthy Americans In Danger? http://kuow.org/post/are-wealthy-americans-danger <p>David Hyde talks with Ben White, chief economic correspondent for POLITICO, about the wealthiest Americans' fears over their future stability. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:06:27 +0000 David Hyde & Amina Al-Sadi 27985 at http://kuow.org Are Wealthy Americans In Danger? Unemployment Rate In Washington Lowest In More Than 5 Years http://kuow.org/post/unemployment-rate-washington-lowest-more-5-years <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/012314TB_Turek_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>New numbers for December from the Washington state employment department peg the current jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The last time it was lower was in November 2008.<p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:04:11 +0000 Tom Banse 27569 at http://kuow.org Unemployment Rate In Washington Lowest In More Than 5 Years