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Jon Talton

Analysis and commentary on economic news, trends and issues, with an emphasis on Seattle and the Northwest.

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February 3, 2015 at 10:34 AM

Advanced industries: The news is promising and scary

The most arresting finding in a new report on advanced industries in the United States is that employment in these fields has been stagnant since 1980. First, though, a little sugar. The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area ranks very well in the new Brookings Institution report. Using 2013 data, we were: No. 2 out of 100 metros in advanced…


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January 13, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Seattle No. 11 in best-performing cities report

Take heart, ye boom fatigued. Seattle fell out of the top 10 of the latest Best Performing Cities report from the Milken Institute. It ranks No. 11 for 2014 vs. No. 6 the previous year. San Francisco came in first, followed by Austin, Provo-Orem, Utah, Silicon Valley and the Research Triangle. Tech centers accounted for 13…


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November 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Metro income growth hits the brakes

Growth in per-capita personal income (PCPI) for Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue slowed to 1.1 percent last year after turning in a blistering 6.3 percent rise in 2012. We ranked 223 out of about 370 metros, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The national average was a 2 percent increase. Still, at $55,190 we were well above…


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