Allocation of Jobs in Spokane, by Category

According to the State of Washington “Current Employment Situation” report (available here) for the month of June 2010, there were 206,000 non-farm jobs in the Spokane MSA (which is Spokane County).

Of those, 38,800 were in the “Education and Health Services” category and 36,700 were in the “Government” category (Federal, State and local).

Therefore, 75,500 jobs are in the Government/Health Services/Education categories.

With 206,000 non-farm jobs, this means that as of June, 36.6% are in Government/Health/Education categories. (Some other posts on this web site refer to 37.7% – this value changes from month to month.)

Spokane is said to have a “diversified” economic base and this is promoted as a feature, unlike, I guess, Seattle, which has concentrations in aerospace, software, high-tech, insurance, manufacturing and so on.

Look at the following chart – can you spot the “high tech hot spot” in Spokane? All numbers are in thousands – e.g. 2.8 is 2,800.

I can’t spot it either.

To re-emphasize, the chart shows allocation of non-farm jobs by category. It does not show allocation by wage or revenue.

Hint – the Information category (2.8)  includes both the publishing industry and the software industry.  That means 1.4% of non-farm jobs are in either publishing or software. But …  the software sector is much smaller than the 2.8 figure implies. In 2007, employment of software programmers, software engineers, computer engineers and so on was about 900 people.

Since then, that has declined due to major lay offs at both Itronix (closed Spokane operations in 2009) and Agilent (closing Spokane operations in fall of 2010). Less than 1/2 percent of jobs in Spokane county are in the high tech software sector – a sector that is promoted as a major part of the local economy.

2 Responses to Allocation of Jobs in Spokane, by Category

  1. Pingback: Is Downtown Spokane a High Tech Mecca? « Spokane Area Economic Data

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