Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 56° Partly Cloudy
News >  Business

Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose in January

Spokane County’s unemployment rate jumped to 10.5 percent in January as seasonal layoffs took their toll, the Washington Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.

The December rate was 9.1 percent; the January rate a year ago was 11.5 percent.

Department regional labor economist Doug Tweedy said job losses always increase in January and February, the trough between Christmas retail hiring and the seasonal uptick in construction and other outside work.

“As we get into spring, jobs will start coming back,” he said.

Government employment declined by 100 compared with January 2010, Tweedy said, but private employers added 600 workers in professional and technical services, and 100 each in manufacturing and health care.

The county work force shrank by almost 4,000 between December and January as those who took temporary retailing jobs either returned to outlying counties or stopped looking for work, Tweedy said.

The unemployment rates in all contiguous counties increased; to 14 percent in Pend Oreille County, 13.7 percent in Stevens County, 10.3 percent in Lincoln County, and 6.3 percent in Whitman County.

Statewide, unemployment fell to 9.1 percent in January, but that number is seasonally adjusted. Total employment declined.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


American families feeling the pinch of COVID-19 pandemic

The COUNTRY Financial Security Index asked about 1,330 adult Americans in different income brackets a variety of questions, including how their finances are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy COUNTRY Financial)
Sponsored

The year 2020 hasn’t been the most forgiving year for families and their pocketbooks.