The Puget Sound Indexer was active from April 2020 to April 2021. Although it is not being updated regularly, there is still quite a bit of good content about the Puget Sound region that you may find useful. The editor may emerge from his other activities to pick up where he left off.
Housing: It’s More Than Apartments!
Most Americans don’t live in multi-family housing and the supply of single family houses is not keeping up with demand. Yet housing policy solutions always seem to steer back to multi-family.
You Bought a Car. Who Gets The Sales Tax?
Dealers in Fife recorded over a half a billion dollars in vehicle sales in 2019, and the city collected over $1,000 per household in taxes on those sales. In contrast, the adjacent city of Edgewood collected just $11 per household in car sales taxes.
Manufacturing Rebounds in a Hurry
In January and February of this year, manufacturing indices were just about where they were in early 2020, when adjusted for inflation.
2020 State GDP–We’re Number Two!
While not a single state had real GDP growth in 2020, Washington experienced the second smallest decline. And in nominal terms, without adjusting for inflation, the state’s economy actually grew slightly. Only the Beehive State did better.