November 10, 2014
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National job growth on track for best year since 1999

The U.S. labor market last month marked its longest stretch of job creation since at least World War II, The Wall Street Journal reports, yet Americans remain uneasy about the economy and unhappy with wage growth. Employers added 214,000 jobs last month. As the unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent, the nation is on pace for the best yearly job growth gain in 15 years.

Washington's jobless rate in September was 5.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent a year ago. Many parts of rural Washington continue to struggle, with the unemployment rate in Grays Harbor County listed at 8.8 percent.

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MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

State waves goodbye to R&D tax incentive

By Kris Johnson, AWB President

Beginning in January, Washington state will become one of just a handful of states in the country that doesn't offer private employers some kind of a tax incentive to promote research and development activities.

That's because a pair of tax incentives created back 1994 are set to expire at the end of this year, despite attempts during the last legislative session to extend them.

Click here for the full column in The Wenatchee World
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