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Gov. Inslee celebrates Careers in Retail Month

By Renée Sunde, President/CEO Washington Retail Association is proud to announce that Governor Jay Inslee joins us in celebrating September as Careers in Retail Month. It’s the second year of what we expect will be an annual recognition of the importance of the...
WRA attends federal affairs summit

WRA attends federal affairs summit

Trade, tariffs are prime topics By Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs WRA President/CEO Renée Sunde and I attended the annual Association of Washington Business Federal Affairs Summit held in Tacoma this week. The day-long event featured several...

WRA prepares information on new domestic violence law

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick has been meeting with legislators and Labor and Industries staff on the state’s domestic violence law that went into effect on June 7 of this year. As part of this effort, Hetrick has been meeting with local organizations...

Fill open positions with free hiring events

By Chad Pearson, Business Outreach, Employment Security Employers are always looking for ways to keep good staff. With the labor market tight and the difficulty to fill positions growing every day, many employers are using tactics that are difficult to maintain. These...

Federation upgrades retail sales forecast

Warns that tariffs threaten the economy The National Retail Federation this week increased its retail sales forecast to a 4.5 percent gain this year. That’s up from the 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent gain expected earlier in the year. “Higher wages, gains in...

Consumers keep driving economic growth

July ‘s national retail sales results were up nearly 5 percent compared to last year, the National Retail Federation reported today. Average results for the past three-month period also were up 5 percent. “Today’s numbers mirror the economy, which is...