Advertise Here

Office Hours

Posts tagged: Jobless numbers

Spokane County’s jobless rate falls to 7.2 percent in August

Spokane County's jobless rate in August dropped to 7.2 percent, the lowest in 2013, the state Employment Security Department said.

The number is not seasonally adjusted.

In August a year ago, the jobless rate was 8.6 percent. The net job gain from 12 months ago, the ESD reported, was 6,700. The leading sectors were health, construction, leisure-hospitality, warehousing and transport, and food and drink services.

A full update on the latest numbers will be on later Tuesday.

States with the largest number of unemployed? Here are the top six

Washington State will release Spokane County jobless numbers for April tomorrow, May 21.

To help us get in the mood, let's look at some national statistics and compare who's got the most and the least.

Washington, in the March numbers was the state with the 13th-most number of people listed as unemployed.

The number back in March was 254,024, according to the State Unemployment database at a site called Department of

The six states with the largest numbers unemployed in order were:  California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

The states with three lowest totals of workers out a job were North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming.

In terms of jobless percentage, the worst five are: Nevada, Illinois. Mississippi, California, North Carolina.

For lowest rate, the five are: North Dakota, Nebraska, Vermont, South Dakota, Iowa.

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.

Sign up for our business email newsletter
Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Office Hours.


John Stucke John Stucke is a deputy city editor who helps build local news coverage and writes about health care, bankruptcy and rural affairs.

Recent work by John

Alison Boggs (@alisonboggs) Online Producer Alison Boggs posts and manages content on and its social networking accounts.

Recent work by Alison

Scott Maben Scott Maben is a Deputy City Editor who covers North Idaho news and higher education.

Addy Hatch is the city editor, and formerly was business editor.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here