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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Spokane jobless rate lowest since October 2008

Spokane’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in September as the region continues to add jobs.

The jobless report is the best since October 2008, when the nation’s economy tanked and jobs disappeared.

When grouped with Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, the Spokane metropolitan statistical area is on track to create 6,000 new jobs this year compared with 4,000 last year, said state labor economist Doug Tweedy.

The new jobs cut across a variety of industries and tend to be higher paying, including transportation and warehousing, which is tied to the continued rise in online shopping, Tweedy said.

More hiring has been happening in health services, financial companies such as banks and brokerages, and in the scientific and technical fields.

Hiring projections for the upcoming holiday retail crush is about 1,200 jobs. One notable difference, Tweedy said, is that the holiday shopping season is now an autumn-long event rather than just the month after Thanksgiving.

The statewide unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, led by 3.9 percent in King County and 4.1 percent in Snohomish County.