Although regional growth has slowed a bit, it is still three times the national growth rate. Moreover, growth has been well distributed around the entire state. Only Garfield County grew more slowly than the national average.
Seattle may be the most successful large metro area in the country in the past decade, but it is also the large metro area where you are most likely to get your stuff stolen. While the Seattle area is not an especially violent place, it is a hotbed of non-violent property crime.
The unprecedented growth in the money supply offers both hope and fear. The hope is that once households can start spending again, they will tap into all that money and fire up the economy. The fear is inflation.
You may have noticed that the deserted streets are starting to fill up again. For better or worse, Americans are getting back on the road, returning to some of the places they had avoided March. Big Data gives us some hints about how fast people are returning to the road.
The state Department of Revenue released figures on sales tax disbursements to local governments for the months of March. Overall, taxable sales for March 2020, compared to March 2019, were down 25 percent in King County, 21 percent in Pierce County and 24 percent in Snohomish County.