Wash, Rinse, Repeat – December 2019

The 2019 economy has been a mixed bag. While there are a growing number of indicators to be concerned about, some, like consumer spending, remain strong. We have another round of potential tariffs being threatened (France, Argentina, Brazil) and a growing discussion around both consumer and corporate debt. E-commerce continues to grow, with some retailers losing and others making large gains. There is a battle for consumer’s hearts and minds, and we explore that in this edition. A serious discussion about education and the workforce of the future is brewing. In an expanded article, we explore what types of jobs may exist in the future and what type of education they may need. Real Estate seems to be heading back into good territory again. We take a look at both residential and coworking in this edition to dig in beyond headlines. We close out the year with a look at the state’s overall economy and a statistical look at our leading index. From all of us at Western Washington University, we wish you the very best of Merry and Bright!

Volume: 27 - Number: 4

Leading Index Title: Same data, different angle

Special Topic Title: The Seattle Coworking Scene


  • Hart Hodges
  • Josh Grandbouche
  • James McCafferty