On Monday Dec. 23 the state of Washington released jobless numbers for Spokane County for November.
The news was about average… our jobless rate rose three-tenths of percent, to 7 percent. King County, by contrast, clocked in at 5 percent.
After reading the daily story on the numbers, a caller raised the point that Idaho's numbers — statewide — dropped in November. The caller said, “Hey, if cold weather affects Spokane's numbers negatively, why didn't the same thing happen in November for Idaho?”
The reason: Idaho's numbers were the statewide number, not the northern Panhandle areas. If we get time, we'll look at the specific North Idaho counties in November to see if they had a similar cold-weather jobless spike, as Spokane did, in November.