Peninsula Jobless Rate Falls But Remains Higher Than Last Year

Jobless rates on the Peninsula are down this month after Clallam and Jefferson county employers added an estimated 350 workers to their payrolls.

The state Employment Security Department says Clallam County’s unemployment rate dipped from a revised 8.0 percent in February to a preliminary 7.5 percent in March

      Thu April 26 News

Jefferson County’s jobless rate went from a revised 7.5 percent in February to a preliminary 7.0 percent last month.

Clallam County added  286 jobs while Jefferson County added 64 from February to March

In March last year the jobless rate was 8-tenths of one-percent lower in both counties.

The seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate went from 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent in March despite a net gain of 3,900 jobs.

National unemployment remained at 4.1 percent in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Clean Car Vehicle Credit to Expire Soon

Last chance to get a state tax exemption for purchasing an electric, hybrid or alt-fuel vehicle. 

A state tax exemption of up the $32k will soon expire.

      Wed April 25 News

That after the state department of licensing says Washington state has reached the 7,500-vehicle threshold for the sales and use tax exemption. As a result, the exemption expires June 1.

Washington residents can take advantage of the sales and use tax exemption through May 31 by purchasing or leasing clean-alternative fuel, electric, and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

To qualify for the exemption, the vehicle must be purchased or leased for a base-model retail price of less than $42,500, meet the expectations outlined by the Department of Licensing, and be delivered to the buyer before the expiration date. Vehicles delivered after May 31 do not qualify. Exemptions apply up to $32,000.  Interested buyers can find more information on which vehicles qualify for the clean-alternative fuel, electric, and plug-in hybrid exemption here.

State Dams Would Get Federal Protection Under House Bill

A bill in the U.S. House (HR 3144) would require federal approval for any action on four lower Snake River dams, essentially locking them into place for years to come. The dams have become a major source of decline for Northwest salmon.

      Tue April 24 News

Council to Hear About Fisheries Meeting Tonight

Gary Grahn will deliver a report from the North of Falcon/Pacific Fishery management council meeting tonight.  That other main highlight of  the regularly scheduled meeting of th Forks City Council.  That will take place at the council chamber beginning at 7:30 PM tonight.

      Mon April 23 News

Rainfest Starts Today

Rain or shine, Forks’ 2018 RainFest begins today and runs through Sunday.

The annual festival celebrates the famous West End rain, rain forests, rivers and coast with family-friendly events such as the Umbrella Parade, free floats on a river, ice cream and a quilt show.

      Fri April 20 News