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Jobs number improves slightly in Spokane

Unemployment fell slightly in Spokane County in May as 2,470 workers found jobs, according to a report released today by the Washington Employment Security Department.

The rate fell to 9.1 percent from 9.3 percent in April, but remains significantly above the 4.8 percent of May 2008.

The rate for all of Washington rose to 9.4 percent seasonally adjusted, matching the national rate.

In Spokane County, 220,890 were employed, up from 218,420 in April but down from 226,150 last May.

Non-farm employment statewide fell 6,700 from April, 116,000 from May 2008, with declines in construction accounting for 3,100 of the month-to-month losses.

Leisure and hospitality added 1,600 jobs in May.

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