August is a typically decent jobs month, but the latest job totals from the state and from Spokane County show a continuation of a generally OK year, but nothing great.
The preliminary jobless number for Spokane County for August is 9.2 percent, according to the state Employment Security Department. In July it was 8.8. The August number is not seasonally adjusted, said Doug Tweedy, the state's Eastern Washington labor economist.
A year ago, Spokane County was also at 9.2 percent.
The telling difference: in August 2010 the county had 212,110 employed adults. This past August that number fell to 208,410.
The biggest losers by industries were: Government, retail trade, construction and financial services.
Look for a more detailed summary at Spokesman.com later today, or in tomorrow's business section of The Spokesman-Review.