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.