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Jon Talton

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

Topic: Recovery

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November 7, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Vote: Obama and the economy

Here are some fun facts. When Barack Obama became president… The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent on its way to 10 percent. Last month it was 5.8 percent. The federal deficit was $1.4 trillion or almost 10 percent of gross domestic product. Now it’s about $483 billion or 3.3 percent of GDP. The deficit has fallen faster…


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February 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM

A jobs struggle in much of the Northwest

The always insightful Josh Lehner at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis has been following job creation over the past several years — the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009 — and the results for the Pacific Northwest show many of the same struggles seen nationwide. As the chart below from Lehner’s blog shows,…


Comments | More in Pacific Northwest economy | Topics: Recovery, unemployment