Weekly Reader

 Friday, October 22, 2021

Economic Development

US Census Bureau Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Resources

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 Business Pulse Survey Data

Phase 6 of the Small Business Pulse Survey is complete. Phase 7 is expected to begin in November. Based on responses collected October 11 through October 17, the Small Business Pulse Survey estimates that:

  • 11.9% of U.S. small businesses required employees to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination before physically coming to work in the last week. For responses collected 10/4-10/10, this statistic was 12.1%
  • US. small businesses in Manufacturing (70.1%), Retail Trade (68.4%), and Accommodation & Food Services (64.7%) experienced domestic supplier delays in the last week. The national average for this statistic was 45.0%
  • 63.22% of U.S. Accommodation & Food Services small businesses experienced difficulties hiring paid employees in the last week. For responses collected 10/4-10/10, this statistic was 66.3%
  • 52.0% of U.S. Construction small businesses experienced a large increase in prices they pay for goods and services compared to what was normal before 3/13/2020. For responses collected 10/4-10/10, this statistic was 55.4%
  • US. small businesses in Companies & Enterprises Management (80.0%), Finance & Insurance (56.9%), & Information (53.0%) experienced little or no change in prices they pay for goods and services compared to what was normal before 3/13/2020
  • 23.3% of U.S. #SmallBusinesses report a large negative effect by the Coronavirus pandemic & 43.2% report a moderate negative effect, based on responses collected 10/11-10/17

Click here for the Business Pulse data tables. Click here for more information on the Business Pulse program.




Washington State Safety Performance Measures

In late August, WSDOT finalized its 2022 safety targets. WSDOT’s final 2022 statewide safety targets are as follows:

  • Number of traffic fatalities: 437.3
  • Fatality rate per 100 million VMT: 0.730
  • Number of serious Injuries: 1819.0
  • Serious injury rate per 100 million VMT: 3.042
  • Total number of non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries: 464.6

WSDOT has updated its Safety Performance Management Folio, which documents WSDOT’s 2022 safety targets and highlights the methodology used to generate them.


The Local Story on Pedestrian Safety

The five-year running average of non-motorist (bike and pedestrian) fatalities and serious injuries in the Longview/Kelso/Rainier metropolitan planning area was 8.4 in 2020, up from 8.0 in both 2018 and 2019. Area agencies will be working to implement a variety of improvements and changes to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety in the area. Watch for additional information in January as the CWCOG Board of Directors considers Safety Performance measures for the metro area and how we will strive toward Target Zero.


State laws are empowering people to cross the street 

Amid drastically rising pedestrian deaths, more states are considering how changes in pedestrian laws can help tip the balance in favor of those on foot and inspire a cultural shift to make walking safer and more commonplace. A new law that took effect in Connecticut on October 1 tightens the requirements for drivers to stop at crosswalks, and violation of the law will come with a $500 fine. Click here for the full story from the State Smart Transportation Initiative.


Reports Highlight Growing Federal Focus on Resiliency

A pair of reports – one from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the other from the Government Accounting Office – highlight the increased focus the federal government is placing on climate change and resiliency within transportation infrastructure projects. Click here for the full story from AASHTO.


Week Without Driving challenge

The following is taken from Disability Rights Washington. “What is it like to try to get around your community without driving yourself? For people who can drive, and can afford a car, this isn’t something you think about. But for nearly a quarter of the people in our state – people with disabilities, young people, seniors and people who can’t afford cars or gas, this is our every day. We want to challenge our elected leaders and transportation and transit agency staff to join us for our Week Without Driving, as the decisions you make around transportation planning, policies and funding impact all of us, and we want you to have the opportunity to learn with us.” Click here for more on this issue from Disability Rights Washington.



Community Development / Other

OFM Revising 2021 Population Estimates

The Office of Financial Management (OFM) will be revising the 2021 population estimates for cities and counties to reflect the delayed 2020 Census details. The agency will be taking comments October 25-November 8; the revised population estimates will be released November 30 and will impact shared revenue distributions beginning January 1, 2022. For more information, contact Mike.Mohrman@ofm.wa.gov.


Washington State Use of Federal Funds

The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a unique year, with an influx of pandemic-related federal funding fueling an increase in state agency spending. Every year, SAO conducts a Single Audit, which examines whether our state agencies complied with federal grant requirements. The Auditor’s office created an infographic summarizing where pandemic funding went, how state agencies spent federal money, and how the state can improve its compliance. Click here for more information.