Spokane Job Openings by Required Degree

The following chart shows the type of degree required for job openings in Spokane. Surprisingly, the demand for college degrees, especially advanced degrees, is very low in Spokane. In 2008 and 2009, the relative demand for advanced degrees increased. This occurred because of the overall economic downturn – employers have a “buyers” market which means that the most overqualified are more likely to get hired … and the least skilled were likely to get fired (they are also the easiest to replace when the economy improves).

Relative to the supply, in Spokane about 9-10% have an advanced graduate or professional degree – but job demand for such individuals is in the low single digit percentages. Similarly, about 20% have a 4 year degree but annual demand for such people runs between about 7% and 20%. Consequently, Spokane appears to have a more educated supply of labor than the local market demands at present.

Data Source: http://www.communityindicators.ewu.edu/

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4 Responses to Spokane Job Openings by Required Degree

  1. Pingback: Where future jobs will be … in Spokane? « Spokane Economic And Demographic Data

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  3. Would love to see an updated version!

  4. inlandnw says:

    I have been making some list of charts that would be fun to update. I might add this to the list!

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