Spokane County’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 5.5% in June because of a seasonal loss in education jobs.
The education sector reported a loss of 1,300 jobs last month, compared with a month prior, according to nonseasonally adjusted data from the Washington State Employment Security Department.
“We expected (the unemployment rate) to increase and do expect it to decrease in September, when those jobs come back in the labor force,” said Doug Tweedy, regional economist for the state employment department.
Spokane County added 600 nonfarm jobs and 800 private sector jobs in June, according the department.
Construction, trade, transportation and utilities, and financial activities saw the most job gains in June.
The county added 700 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities, 600 jobs in professional services and 500 jobs each in the construction and financial activities sectors.
The county’s unemployment rate in May was 5% and 4.8% in June 2018.
Tweedy said unemployment insurance claims for laid-off workers continue to decrease, a good sign for the future of jobs in the county.
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