October 25, 1997 in Nation/World

Local Job Growth Strong In Decade

From Staff And Wire Reports

Jobs, businesses and payrolls continued to grow in Spokane County through the middle part of the decade, according to Census Bureau data released Thursday.

The federal government reported that in 1995, Spokane County had 11,260 businesses, 154,255 employees and annual payroll of $3.63 billion. Comparable 1994 totals were 11,142 businesses, 148,842 employees and $3.4 billion annual payroll.

Statewide, in the same comparative period, the number of businesses increased 2,309 to 151,925; the number of employees increased 53,765 to 1,948,923; and payroll increased 7.4 percent, from $49.8 billion in 1994 to $53.5 billion in 1995.

Spokane ranked fourth in Washington in all three categories, trailing King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, according to the Census Bureau.

, DataTimes

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