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Economy does seems brighter to some Seattleites

The economy is looking a bit brighter to the Seattleites we talked to on Friday.
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The economy is looking a bit brighter to the Seattleites we talked to on Friday.

The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in three years. The stock market is up.  But, are you feeling better about the economy? 

Maybe it was the economic news. Maybe it was the sun coming out for the first time in a while, but most people we talked to on the streets of downtown Seattle this afternoon said they were feeling positive.

" I am feeling better about the economy. I was expecting a layoff but new jobs are coming in the door so it’s good." Chris Squires, construction manager

"The better everybody else does, the more work I have and that's good." Alex Lehr, landscaping crew

"It seems like consumer confidence is up. In my particular industry, the wine business, which is 100 percent a luxury industry, we’re doing allright." Tyson Bernhardt, wine distributor

 “Overall, I feel better, but personally I just finished law school and don’t have a job. A lot of my friends have been getting work, though." Emily Hiskes, recent Law School graduate

"It’s really hard to get a job. I’ve been working in the restaurant industry since I was little kid. I have experience being a bar back and a server and things but even then it’s like everywhere I go they don’t have anything." Rob Cole, artist

Paula is a former host, reporter and producer who retired from KNKX in 2021. She joined the station in 1989 as All Things Considered host and covered the Law and Justice beat for 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.