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Private employers in Spokane County hired 2,100 workers in April, a gain only slightly offset by a cutback in government employment.
The new hires, the Washington Employment Security Department said today, rolled the county unemployment rate back to 9.1 percent from 10.3 percent in March, and 9.7 percent in April 2010.
Total employment climbed to 215,120 from 213,170 in March. The total in April 2010 was 216,440.
Since then, the labor force has contracted by almost 3,000 people, to 236,660.
ESD Regional Labor Economist Doug Tweedy said construction was the big gainer, with 900 hires. But construction employment remains 3,000 below the peak of a few years ago, he noted.
Tweedy said manufacturers added 300 workers, health services 300, and professional, scientific and technical businesses 200.
Federal, state and local governments laid off more than 100, he said, adding that it was the only sector to decline.
Unemployment in Spokane County climbed for the fourth consecutive month in February, to 10.6 percent.
Statistics released today by the Washington Employment Security Department show a modest increase in total employment, to 213,210, up 460 from 212,750 in January.
But the workforce grew faster, up 1,230 to 238,430 in February.
There were 25,220 people looking for work.
The department released statewide unemployment numbers earlier this month. The February rate was 9.8 percent.
All figures are unadjusted for seasonal swings in employment.
The unemployment rate in Spokane County has increased steadily since October, when the rate was 8.6 percent.
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: