Spokane’s Top Ten Employers

Note: Empire Health Services was purchased by for-profit Community Health Systems and is now known as Community Health Systems.

Data source: US Chamber of Commerce, from Market Fact Book 2008, Spokane Journal of Business.

Hmmm … notice a pattern here? 7 of the top 10 are basically the government, 2 are health services where an estimated 60% of their revenue comes from the government, and 1 is a retail grocery outlet.

This supports my thesis that Spokane is a two-class society – those that work in government, health care and education and earn salaries comparable to Seattle – and everyone else who earns much less.

There is anecdotal evidence that many of those in the government class (but not all) are unaware of the challenges faced by those outside the government class.

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