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Spokane County jobless rate climbs to 7 percent in January

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.

Spokane County’s jobless rate drops to 5.6 percent

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.

Spokane County unemployment decreases in April

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.

Seasonal layoffs hit Spokane area

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 jobless rate lowest since 2008 at 7.6

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 jobless rate stays at 9.9 percent in March

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.

Job search leaves many exhausted

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.