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KELA News Headlines for Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Jobless Rate Drops, Still Highest in State

Lewis County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September but still it’s tied for the highest in Washington state.  According to numbers released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department, the jobless rate in Lewis County is 8.3 percent, which is down from August’s rate of 8.5 percent.  Grays Harbor County also is at 8.3 percent for September.  Looking at other neighboring counties, the jobless rate in Thurston County is 5.4 percent, Pacific County is at 7.6 percent, Cowlitz at 7 percent and Pierce County at 6 percent.  Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September is 5.7 percent according to Employment Security.


Congresswoman Seeking Military Veterans' Stories

U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler is seeking the public’s help in gathering stories of Southwest Washington’s military veteran heroes to share on her website again in November.  If you are a resident who served in the military or you know someone who did, Congresswoman Herrera Beutler invites you to submit photos and stories from your time in the service.  She will be posting the stories and photos on her Facebook page and at JHB.House.Gov throughout the month of November.  You can send your stories and photos to O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St. Suite B, Vancouver, WA 98661 or by e-mail to


Local EDC Supports SR167 Extension

The campaign to persuade legislators to create a transportation bill that will complete State Route 167 from the Kent-Auburn-Puyallup warehouse region to Port of Tacoma has gained a new supporter.  The Business Examiner reports according to the Port of Tacoma, the Lewis County Economic Development Council has endorsed completion of the freight pathway, in recognition of its statewide impact. The EDC works with many partners to solve regulatory, utility and transportation problems throughout the South Sound, and has helped more than 80 firms located in Lewis County to provide some 2,300 jobs.


Centralia College TRiO Club Seeks Clothing Donations

The Centralia College TRiO Club will be giving out children’s clothing on Saturday during its ninth annual “Make a Difference Day” event.  College spokeswoman Amanda Haines says they are looking for donations of children’s clothing.  The majority of the children are three to five years of age. Items needed include: coats in sizes 3T to children’s size medium; shoes in sizes 8-1; hats, scarves, and gloves.  Haines says the donations can be dropped off at upstairs in the Student Center at Centralia College through Friday.  She says any donated items that are left over Saturday will go to other needy families in the community.











































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