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The Next Bond Car !!??!!

007 James Bond’s
1962 to 2015 ????

Sunbeam Alpine (1962)
Bentley Mark V
Aston Martin DB5
Lincoln Continental
Toyota GT 2000
Aston Martin DBS
Ford Galaxy 500
Chevrolet Impala
AMC Hornet
Lotus Esprit S1
MP Lafer
Citroen 2CV
Range Rover Classic
Renault !!
Aston Martin Vantage Volante
Lincoln Mark V!! LSC
BMW 750iL
Ford Fairlane
Aston Martin DBS
Aston Martin DB5
Land Rover Defender
Fiat 500 ?????? (2015)

Stay tuned……

Home Values

Zillow Real Estate Research
Home Value Increase YOY 2014

Seattle                6.4%
Spokane             3.3%
Tri Cities             5.8%
Bremerton          4.6%
Bellingham         5.2%
Portland             5.7%
Salem                7.3%
Bend                10.4%
Boise                 5.5%

5% Unemployment

There is a concern with the methodology behind the unemployment rate. It is true that the rate does not include people who have given up looking for work, and it's fair to say it's an imprecise way to count the number of jobless individuals.

Despite this, we know that if we have 5% or less unemployment, even imperfectly measured, that’s a relatively low rate and a good thing. There will always be people who find it incredibly difficult to secure a job, and we are all sympathetic to those people and stand behind the government’s efforts to support them. But on a macro level, reaching 5% unemployment is a significant marker. It demonstrates our progress and tells us where we are on the unemployment cycle, which is not only predictable, but also has historically been a solid indicator of economic health. See full article, Harvard Business Review Nov. 2014


unempl pred 2015


Vehicles Set A Blistering Sales Pace
USA Today, 9-4-2014

Trucks and SUVs continued to push automakers sales in August as new designs, cheap loans and stable fuel prices wiped out buyers’ resistance. The industry’s annualized selling pace for the month was a breathtaking 17.53 million, according to Autodata, up from 15.94 million in August 2013.

Every major automaker reported a sales gain, save for GM which slipped slightly despite heroic truck sales.

“Buyers shake off fears, stampede to lift car sales up 5.5%.”

Specialty Placement Agencies

Placement Agencies are a $134 billion industry with 90% of employers using their services in one way or another. If you are one of the automotive or related businesses in the Pacific NW then Car People Agency is your Premier Specialty Placement Agency. You should get to know us if you don't already.   Cllick here to learn more.



Hot Car Sales Tops the News


NBC Evening News June 3, 2014
Forget the recalls and recovery, May saw gang buster sales in the auto industry. They are on track to have the best sales year since 2006. It’s the best indicator of where our economy may be going. “The top leading automakers are leaving analysts’ expectations in the dust” says Phil LeBeam, NBCs auto industry reporter. He sees this as the “reemergence of the American consumer.” With 1.6 million cars sold in May, 11.3% over 2013, the big 3 were big winners. Chrysler with a 16.7% increase. GM at 12.6% and Ford at 3%.


Sales floors are seeing no negative attitudes about the economy. Recalls are from yesterday’s cars. After a long cold winter they are ready to buy todays cars today.


Think Outside of the Box!

Think Outside the Box You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass a remote bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus: 1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die. 2. An old friend who once saved your life. 3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about. Knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car, which one would you choose to offer a ride to, Think, before you continue reading. This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application. You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first. Or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again. Dilemma! The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. She simply answered: "I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams." Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."

Car Sales Climb!

Car Sales Continue to Climb Despite Weather


Manufacturer April 2014 April -2014 YTD
Subaru 22% 22%
Nissan / Infiniti 18% 13%
Chrysler/ Fiat 14% 12%
Mercedes 12% 7%
BMW / Mini 2% 3%
Hyundai / Kia 8% 3%
Toyota / Lexus 13% 2%
Mazda 13% 2%
General Motors 7% 0%
Ford -1% -2%
VW Audi Porsche -1% -5%
Total 8% 3%


Employment Rates Down!

Unemployment Rates Drop

With New Jobs in April!

Washington 6.3%    
Oregon 6.9%    
Idaho 5.2%    
Montana 5.1%    




10,000 Boomers

10,000 New Baby Boomers a Day!

10,000 Baby Boomers Turn 65 Every Day and will for the Next 16+ Years.
26% of the US population are Baby Boomers. Currently about 13% of Americans are over 65. That will jump to 18% by 2030 according to a Pew Research Center projection.

The aging of this huge sector of Americans will dramatically alter every aspect of American life. The job market, in particular, will take a huge hit as these skilled seniors leave a workforce that will struggle to find replacements. We are on the cusp of this transition at this very moment and nationally the shortage of talented people is beginning to show itself.

Having said this, don’t make the mistake of telling a Baby Boomer that they are old. The typical Boomer believes that old age does not begin until age 72, according to the Pew survey. 61% of Boomers say they are feeling more spry than their age would imply. They have the energy of someone 9 years their younger.  So whatever age your mindset has tagged as ready to retire – add 9.



Processes at Car People Agency

People are motivated to come to us for a multitude of reasons. Quite often it’s just having a bad day or getting chewed out by their boss. If that’s the case, we ask them to take a little time before jumping into the job market. Redo their resume and give their current job a lot of serious consideration.

Give it a day or two then evaluate their current job and ask themselves these questions:
               1. Do you still enjoy your job?
               2. Do you like the people you work with, your boss and the business itself?
               3. Are you growing at a comfortable rate?
               4. Do you feel that you are valued; appreciated?
               5. Are you being challenged? Is there room to move up?
               6. Do you need to update your skills? If so, is that supported?
               7. Are you reasonably comfortable with your rate of pay and benefits?
               8. Are you happy?

If the Yeses outnumber the NOs thats one thing, but if there are too many NOs then consider asking for a sit down with your employer and see if there is a way of working it out. If that fails then we’re back to where we started and maybe it’s time we talk. 

Year of the Employee

2014 the “Year of the Employee”

Paulett Eberhart, CEO of CDI Corp., a multinational engineering, information, technology and staffing company, wrote an article in the latest issue of Staffing Industry Review. In it she warns employers to “Hedge Your Bets” as the post-recession job market swings towards the employee. They are demanding higher pay, greater flexibility, more technology and better opportunities. In a less talented market those with the skills you need are holding all the cards.

One key to finding talent, she points out, is the use of specialty recruiters. (Like Car People Agency) They have a network of talent for hard to fill positions. As a result specialty recruiting companies are raising rates as their connections gain value. (Our rates have not changed in over 10 years)  It may be a good time to reassess your offerings as an employer and be proactive in addressing this issue. Just a thought.

Economic Growth in the NW

Bellevue / King County on a Growth Track

Economic indicators continue to be great for the Northwest.

Puget Sound Economic Forecaster ( ) expects 280,000 new office jobs to be created in the Puget Sound region over the next several years, roughly 200,000 of them in King County. While this news doesn’t necessarily affect eastern Washington or surrounding states, it is yet another strong positive indicator that confidence in our strong local economy has reached a level that is releasing pent up spending on some very big projects. The Broderick Group ( ) that produces an annual Office Market Review, is projecting over 2.288 million feet of new office space with vacancy rates dropping from a high of 16.4% to as low as 8.3% during the same period.


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