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Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased to 8.4 percent in November despite an increase in jobs.
Employment Security Division statistics released this morning showed statewide employment was almost flat, as the unemployment rate remained at a seasonally adjusted rate of 9.2 percent.
In Spokane County, where figures are not seasonally adjusted, 224,590 workers had jobs, up about 3,500 from October, when the unemployment rate was 8.1 percent.
But the labor force increased by almost 5,000 between October and November.
The unemployment rate was also 8.4 percent in November 2009, when 220,480 had jobs.
The national unemployment rate for November was 9.8 percent.
The unemployment rate in Spokane County fell to 8.2 percent in September as employers added another 1,220 workers.
Employment in the county has increased by more than 2,000 since September 2009.
The improving employment picture locally, the rate was 8.8 percent in August, contrasts with that for Washington as a whole.
Figures released today by the Employment Security Department show an increase in unemployment as private-sector hiring failed to offset layoffs among government workers.
The unemployment rate held steady at nine percent, lower than the 9.6 percent rate for the United States.
Businesses added 1,000 workers, but 4,200 public-sector workers lost their jobs.
More people found work in the Spokane area last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 10.5 percent. It was 11.3 percent in February, and stood at 9.7 percent one year ago.
Spokane County had an estimated 214,500 employed people in March, or about 2,400 more than in February, the state Employment Security Department reported this morning. The number of unemployed was about 25,000, down from nearly 27,000 the month before.
In a sign the local economy is turning the corner on job losses, employment gains occurred across most industries, said Regional Labor Economist Doug Tweedy in Spokane.
A significant part of the employment gain last month was in seasonal hires by employers who delayed hiring because of the lingering effects of the recession, Tweedy said.
Construction and retail trades, two of the hardest hit industries during this recession, posted 400 job gains in March. Professional and technical trades added another 300 jobs.