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Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6% in October

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

Laid-off workers in the state filed 22,334 new jobless claims Nov. 22-28, dropping 26.2% compared with the previous week, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.  (Associated Press)
Laid-off workers in the state filed 22,334 new jobless claims Nov. 22-28, dropping 26.2% compared with the previous week, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. (Associated Press)

Spokane County’s nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6% in October, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

The county posted a decline of 400 nonfarm jobs and 100 private-sector jobs in October, compared with September, the department reported earlier this week.

The education and health services sector had the greatest number of job gains in October, adding 1,100 positions. The leisure and hospitality sector shed 500 jobs. Retail trade jobs declined by 300 jobs and the financial activities sector lost 200 jobs in October.

Employment in the information sector held steady with 3,200 jobs in October.

The county’s unemployment rate was 8.4% in September and 4.2% in October 2019.

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