May 19, 2009 in Business, City

Spokane unemployment rate falls in April

By The Spokesman-Review
Pacific Northwest unemployment rates

Washington: The jobless rate was estimated at 9.1. percent in April, the same as the revised March rate, which is up from February’s 8.3 percent.

Idaho: Unemployment held steady at 7 percent in April, the first time in 20 months the jobless rate did not increase from the month before.

Oregon: The state said Monday that the seasonally adjusted rate for April was 12 percent, slightly higher than the revised figure of 11.9 percent for March.

Alaska: Unemployment for March was 8.5 percent, up from 7.9 percent in February.

United States Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 8.9 percent in April from 8.5 percent in March.

Unemployment in Washington held steady in April for the first time in more than a year. The rate in Spokane County fell.

After climbing steadily since January 2008, the statewide rate for April held at 9.1 percent, the same rate reported for March.

The number of employed statewide rose slightly more than 3,200 to 3.2 million. Meanwhile, the labor force shrank by more than 17,000.

The state unemployment rate in April 2008 was 4.5 percent. In Spokane County, the number of employed fell by more than 2,000 to 218,270. The unemployment rate fell, to 9.5 percent from 10.4 percent, because the labor force decreased by almost 5,000 to 241,140.

Last April, there were 226,770 employed in the county. The unemployment rate was 4.7 percent.

The national unemployment rate for April was 8.9 percent.

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