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Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in November, but officials expect that number to drop as preliminary estimates are firmed up.
Spokane County’s October unemployment rate of 4.5 percent tied a 20-year low for the month.
Strong job growth pushed Spokane County’s unemployment rate down to 4.4 percent in September, a near-record low for the month. The county is on track to add about 5,000 new jobs this year.
Spokane County’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.9 percent in August, though the number of jobs grew.
Washington’s economy added 4,100 jobs in June, while the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent, unchanged from May.
The average annual wage in Spokane County rose to $46,562 last year, influenced by local medical schools and an influx of highly paid workers.
Unemployment rates rose to 6.7 percent in Spokane County during January, but much of the increase from December 5.7 percent rate was weather-related.
Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in October, continuing a trend of strong job growth in 2017.
Job growth remains strong in the Spokane metro area, with about 2,100 new positions added in July. The unemployment rate was 5.1 percent for the metro area encompassing Spokane, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.
Spokane County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in March, down from 6.8 percent in February, the Washington Employment Security Department said Tuesday.
The unemployment rate in Spokane County climbed to 7 percent in January, up from 6.3 percent in December. The upward bump at the start of the year is typical due to seasonal job losses in leisure, hospitality and construction after the holidays.
The labor force grew by 8,870 last year in the Spokane area as more workers were drawn by strong job growth in a mix of industries.
Average weekly wages in Washington rose more than $1,000 over the last year.
Spokane’s slow but steady economic pulse picked up in June as the county’s jobless rate fell to 5.6 percent, the first time it dipped below 6 percent since 2008, the state Employment Security Department said. The county’s jobless rate in May was 6.6 percent.
The unemployment rate in Spokane County was 7.7 percent in April, down from 9 percent the previous month, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday. Washington’s unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in April, down from 7.5 percent in March.
The unemployment rate in Spokane climbed to 9.8 percent in January, as many retail companies laid off seasonal workers, Washington’s Employment Security Department said. The jobless rate in December was 8.4 percent. In January 2012 Spokane’s jobless rate was 9.9 percent, said Doug Tweedy, state labor economist.
Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent in December, the lowest since 2008. But state Employment Security Department economists said that drop, from 7.7 percent in November, is due to people who’ve stopped looking for work, not gains in actual jobs.
Spokane County registered a 9.9 percent unemployment rate for March, exactly the same as February, the Washington Employment Security Department reported Tuesday. One year earlier Spokane’s jobless rate was 10.6 percent.
When all the new jobs that the new spending cuts are bound to create finally get created, will someone please call Anjanette Lal? Lal is what the government calls an “exhaustee.” She’s been out of work for 27 months. Her search for a job lasted longer than her unemployment benefits. She’s cobbling together an existence from government programs, but what she wants is a job as a medical assistant – something she trained to do, graduating Nov. 30 with honors from a 10-month program.