38% of Spokane’s wages and salary come from the government or health care

As of the 4th quarter of 2009, just over 38% of all wage and salary income in Spokane was from the government or health care sector.

The calculation of 38% comes from the data, presented in a table, below. The data itself comes from the Washington State Employment Security Department web site.

Somewhere I have a reference that said about 60% of all health care in Spokane is paid for by the government from Medicare, Medicaid, government employee benefits and other programs. Unfortunately I seem to have lost that reference so I can not cite a source for that estimate.

Using the 60% estimate and 60% of the health care sector wages, about 31% of the wage and salary income is derived from government payments. Transfer income for items other than medical benefits (which would be included in the health care sector) accounts for an additional 11% of total income.

Therefore, the government accounts for 42% of all income flowing into Spokane. (I think there might be some slight double counting that needs to be sorted through – might be more like 38%. See more on government transfer payments here).  Just speculating, but looking at the growth in transfer payments to Spokane, on going expansion of government programs, including a proposed medical school, it is likely that sometime before 2025, the government will account for 50% of Spokane’s economy.

Readers of this blog are sometimes shocked to learn that the reality is different than what they believe or were told. The data tends to shock me too and has certainly changed my beliefs about what I thought I knew about Spokane. I do not know much about different government systems world wide, but I suspect we are similar to European-style socialism.

Data Table (which probably crashes into the right column):

NAICSTITLE AVGEMP INDCODE TOTWAGE AVG_WAGE PCT_TOT_EMP PCT_TOT_WAGE ESTAB
AGRICULTURE FORESTRY FISHING & HUNTING 498 11 2104779 4226 0.25 0.11 156
CONSTRUCTION 9850 23 113713242 11544 4.93 5.67 1800
MANUFACTURING 14221 31-33 183502302 12904 7.11 9.16 534
WHOLESALE TRADE 9396 42 113902909 12122 4.7 5.68 795
RETAIL TRADE 25022 44-45 174708323 6982 12.51 8.72 1115
TRANSPORTATION AND WAREHOUSING 4862 48-49 47939386 9860 2.43 2.39 246
INFORMATION 2752 51 34763886 12632 1.38 1.74 157
FINANCE AND INSURANCE 8975 52 126393408 14083 4.49 6.31 541
REAL ESTATE AND RENTAL AND LEASING 2773 53 20491913 7390 1.39 1.02 482
PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL SERVICES 8275 54 109187278 13195 4.14 5.45 1142
MANAGEMENT OF COMPANIES AND ENTERPRISES 2407 55 45236213 18794 1.2 2.26 44
ADMINISTRATIVE AND WASTE SERVICES 9453 56 72987381 7721 4.73 3.64 706
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 3628 61 38380630 10579 1.81 1.92 144
HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE 34088 62 379351380 11129 17.04 18.93 1161
ARTS ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION 2480 71 9155779 3692 1.24 0.46 149
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD SERVICES 16277 72 65969073 4053 8.14 3.29 832
OTHER SERVICES EX. PUBLIC ADMIN 9712 81 48147942 4958 4.86 2.4 4739
TOTAL GOVERNMENT 34622 GOT 403283422 11648 17.31 20.12 176
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