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Share of Boomer Owned Businesses

Share of Boomer Owned Businesses

The greying of privately-owned businesses

Small businesses have not typically had friendly odds of long-term survival. It is probably general knowledge more small businesses fail than succeed. These two often-used statements or those similar are not untrue, but they...
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Jobs In Demand / In Decline

Jobs In Demand / In Decline

What jobs in WA counties are in-demand?

The 2021 Occupations in Demand data visualization by the Washington State Employment Security Department, Labor Market and Economic Analysis is one of the oldest data visualizations we have chosen to feature in “Trends in...
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Cash, Campaigns, and Contributions

Cash, Campaigns, and Contributions

Dashboard showing the buck started here

Most everyone is familiar with the three branches of democracy: the legislative branch, the executive branch, and the judicial branch. The fourth “branch”, a free media, is not a part of government but no less important to democracy...
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Trends In Action

First-Time Homebuyers:

Housing affordability slips in Walla Walla

It used to be that small-town living meant a good shot for a young couple to purchase a home with a decent-size yard. That home might not be one with many bedrooms, granite-clade kitchen counters and a deck meant for entertaining. But it allowed some room to grow a family at a reasonable price and enabled the creation of equity. Walla Walla has generally lived up to this image of small-town America. As Walla Walla Trends indicator 5.1.5 reveals...
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Value of Taxable Total Property:

Annual growth rate on pace with state

Physical property constitutes one of the most important components of wealth in a community. Taxable, physical property in Washington State consists of two categories: real (land, buildings, and some equipment affixed to land or buildings); and personal, or machinery, equipment, furniture, and supplies used by businesses and farmers. Real property, essentially a combination of land and improvements made to the land, is subject to a property tax in most municipalities.
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Average People Per Household:

What can it really tell us?

The timeless lesson of not judging a book by its cover might apply to a few graphs on the Walla Walla Trends website, too. In the world of data visualizations and interactive websites, there are many different possibilities on how the data is presented. Often it seems as though there is an unwritten competition to outdo what has been done before or to pack as much information into a single visualization as possible. Perhaps this is happening because more businesses and organizations are using data to inform decisions than 10-years ago. Data collection and research methodologies...
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Workforce Strained Families:

Lessons from the pandemic & beyond

Access to child care has long been a barrier for working families and one that was exacerbated by the pandemic. COVID-19 restrictions greatly reduced the availability of child care, causing many parents to leave their jobs to care for their children, or to scramble to find temporary child care arrangements as they continue to report for work at essential jobs, such as nursing and grocery work. Likewise, with the transition to remote learning for students, many parents had to balance caring and even teaching their children while simultaneously maintaining their work responsibilities from home.
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