Today, the monthly jobless totals came out, and Spokane County’s July unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.6
percent. Notably, the 8.6 percent is identical to what it was in July 2009.
Among other notable findings, reported by Washington Employment Security regional labor
economist Doug Tweedy:
- The county’s total workforce fell by
about 5,000 jobholders, but the county jobless rate remained the same. Those 5,000 jobs were seasonal workers for school districts
who shut down in the summer. Those jobs come back gradually in August
and September, he said.
- Spokane gained 500 private
sector jobs in July. Those came in manufacturing, construction and
health care, Tweedy said. That gives Spokane County five consecutive months of private sector
growth. Even though the job growth is small in that period, that’s a
positive trend, he said.
- Washington’s private sector picked up 3,100
jobs in July.
- July also saw roughly 2,800 Spokane County initial jobless
claims. That’s the lowest initial-claim total since September 2008,