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  • Flood Warning Extends Through Thursday Morning

    skok floodThe flood warning continues for the Skokomish River near Potlatch affecting Mason County, Olympic Peninsula Region. While showers will continue over the south slopes of the Olympics, heavy rain has come to an end. The three to five inches of… Read More +

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  • Olympia Hospital Must Start Paying Business Tax

    Prov-St.Peter-Hospital-OlympiaProvidence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia will have to start paying a city business tax that will cost it an estimated $340,000 next year. The City Council voted Tuesday to remove the business and occupation tax exemption for religious and medical… Read More +

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  • Seahawks Roster Moves

    brackettThe Seattle Seahawks have claimed TE Brett Brackett off waivers from the Tennessee Titans and released TE RaShaun Allen, the team announced this afternoon.
    Brackett was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins on July 28, 2011. He spent time on the Miami, Jacksonville and Philadelphia practice squads during 2011.

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Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.3% as 169K Jobs Added in August

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_a616ef2325.jpgTim Boyle/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, slightly lower than what economists had anticipated, the Labor Department reported Friday morning. Economists had expected to see around 177,000 jobs added in August.

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, dropped from 7.4 percent to 7.3 percent, marking the lowest rate in nearly five years.  Friday's report, however, showed that the labor force participation rate went down last month -- something that should go up in a healthy job market. 

In more bad news, the Labor Department revised its figures for June and July to show that 74,000 fewer jobs were added in those months.

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