July 24, 2012 in Business, City

County’s June jobless rate at 8.8 percent

Staff reports

Spokane County’s unemployment rate stood at 8.8 percent in June.

That’s down from 9 percent in May, and 9.2 percent from June of 2011, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

The small decline in the jobless numbers reflect Eastern Washington’s slow economic growth, even as financial activity in the Seattle area has been gathering momentum, said Mark Berreth, regional labor economist.

There were 208,100 jobs in Spokane County, according to the June numbers. That’s 300 more than May and about 1,200 more than a year ago.

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