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Spokane County’s unemployment rate at 4.9 percent in November

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 unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent in July

Spokane County’s unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent in July– a sign of continued strength in the local job market.

UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018

Average wage in Spokane County rose nearly 4 percent in 2017

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.

UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018

Construction job gains help fuel drop in Spokane County unemployment

Demand for construction workers was partly responsible for a drop in Spokane County’s unemployment rate, which was 5 percent in May. The industry has added about 1,200 local jobs over …

Regional ‘job hub’ could supply workforce for massive warehouse planned west of Spokane

The Spokane area’s labor market could meet the demand for employees at a massive warehouse planned near the airport. The area is a “job hub,” attracting workers from parts of …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018

Spokane metro area added more than 5,000 new jobs in 2017

For the third year in a row, the Spokane metro area added more than 5,000 new jobs in 2017. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017

Hiring adds nearly 2,100 new jobs to Spokane metro area in July

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 …

Unemployment dropped to 5.1 percent in Spokane metro area during June

Unemployment rates for the Spokane metro area dropped to 5.1 percent in June, continuing the pace of strong job growth for the region.

Spokane County’s unemployment rate drops slightly to 5.1 percent in May

Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May, reflecting steady job in the region.

UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

Spokane County’s unemployment at 6.8 percent in February

Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in February, a good number for a month that typically has a high jobless rate.

Spokane-area economy is creating higher-wage jobs

More than 20,000 new jobs have been created in Spokane County since 2010. Most pay more than the average wage in the county, which is $21.17 per hour, or $44,035 …

Health care, private industry pushing Spokane area unemployment rate lower

Spokane area unemployment rate drops slightly.

Experts say Spokane likely is part of economic boom raising incomes

Household income rose last year, the federal government says.

More jobs in Spokane, but jobless rate inches up

More people working in Spokane but unemployment up slightly, state reports.

Spokane’s June unemployment rate up slightly, but jobs higher compared to 2015

Unemployment rate for Spokane moves up in June, but the county has some 6,700 more jobs than a year ago.

Spokane economy gains jobs in key areas

Spokane’s unemployment rate was down and the number of jobs was up in May, the state reports. Among the bright spots is an increase in jobs held by workers in …

Unemployment rate in Spokane area jumped in December due to windstorm

Spokane area unemployment jumped to 6.7 percent in December

Spokane region adds nearly 9,000 jobs in the last two years

As the Spokane economy digs out of the recession, there are several bright spots on the job front

Spokane jobless rate lowest since October 2008

Unemployment numbers for September show Spokane’s rate dropped to 5.6 percent.

Spokane area jobless rate drops

The unemployment rate for Spokane and Washington’s three northeast counties dropped by a half percentage point in August, the latest state figures show.

Region added 5,600 jobs over year

Unemployment in the Spokane area inched up in July as schools let out and laid off some staff, the state reported Tuesday. The unemployment rate for the area that includes …

Spokane jobless rate inches up

The Spokane area’s unemployment rate edged up slightly in July to 6.6 percent as schools let out and laid off some staff, the Employment Security Department said.

E. Washington cities fare well in ‘real’ minimum wage study

The paycheck of a worker making minimum wage goes further in Eastern Washington cities than anywhere else in the country, a new study by a personal finance technology company suggests. …

Jobless rate dips in Spokane County

Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in September, pushed downward by the return of teachers to classrooms. The jobless rate in Spokane County in August was 6 percent, …

Spokane’s big job-maker still government

On this Labor Day, it might be a good time to reflect on the main source of the jobs in our community: government. Government has been either the No. 1 …

Spokane recovery lagging behind

More than 8 million jobs were eliminated across the country by the Great Recession; as the economy contracted, businesses failed or they endured by cutting workers. Spokane County felt its …

Spokane County’s jobless rate sinks to 6.2 percent in April

Spokane County’s jobless rate in April sank to 6.2 percent, the lowest in more than five years, reflecting warm-weather job expansion in construction, warehousing and business services. The unemployment rate …

February statewide unemployment stays at 6.4 percent

Washington’s unemployment rate remained at 6.4 percent in February, state officials reported Wednesday. The steady statewide unemployment rate over January and February, combined with growth in payroll numbers, suggests Washington’s …

Experts optimistic about Inland Northwest job market in 2014

Keely Barrett is among the more than 15,000 Spokane-area workers who are unemployed. Barrett, 53, has been out of work for more than two years after being laid off from …

Spokane County jobless rate rose to 7 percent last month

Spokane County’s jobless rate rose to 7 percent in November, an increase of three-tenths of a percentage point from the month before, the state Employment Security Department said Monday. This …