Spokane unemployment climbs from 9.1 percent to 10.5 percent

Source (Washington Employment Security Department – This report is up through January – they will provide a February update in about a week.)

The total number employed is about the same as peak of the year 2000.

Non seasonally adjusted unemployment rate chart for Spokane MSA went from 9.1% to 10.5% while the state as a whole went down from 9.3% to 9.1%.

This late January KXLY news story was off in space: Spokane Economy not good but getting better. On March 4th, KXLY reported that the unemployment rate is falling, based on anecdotal stories. Let’s hope!

The total number of jobs has fallen by 10% over the past decade. In the year 2000, the unemployment rate was about 6.5%; by 2002 it had risen to just under 10%. One would think the actual unemployment rate in Spokane might be closer to 17% today. Who knows?

Washington State, as a whole, is seeing good improvement in the job market. But for some reason we are not seeing this here in Spokane.

Changes in Spokane area jobs

Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment in
the Spokane Metropolitan Statistical Area (Spokane County)
Not Seasonally Adjusted/*Updated with ***QCEW Data: March 2010
Change
Prelim Revised Revised Revised Dec-10 Jan-10 Dec-09
**NAICS Industry Title (numbers in thousands) Jan-11 Dec-10 Jan-10 Dec-09 Jan-11 Jan-11 Jan-10
Total Nonfarm 1/ 200.9 205.7 200.1 206.5 -4.8 0.8 -6.4
Total Private 164.9 169.4 164.1 169.9 -4.5 0.8 -5.8
Goods Producing 23.1 23.7 23.2 24.4 -0.6 -0.1 -1.2
Mining, Logging, and Construction 8.9 9.5 9.1 10.0 -0.6 -0.2 -0.9
Manufacturing 14.2 14.2 14.1 14.4 0.0 0.1 -0.3
Service Providing 177.8 182.0 176.9 182.1 -4.2 0.9 -5.2
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 39.8 41.2 39.9 41.5 -1.4 -0.1 -1.6
Wholesale Trade 9.4 9.5 9.4 9.6 -0.1 0.0 -0.2
Retail Trade 24.6 25.7 24.6 25.8 -1.1 0.0 -1.2
Food and Beverage Stores 4.2 4.4 4.4 4.4 -0.2 -0.2 0.0
General Merchandise Stores 5.7 6.1 5.6 6.2 -0.4 0.1 -0.6
Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 5.8 6.0 5.9 6.1 -0.2 -0.1 -0.2
Information 2.7 2.8 2.7 2.8 -0.1 0.0 -0.1
Financial Activities 11.9 11.9 12.2 12.3 0.0 -0.3 -0.1
Finance and Insurance 9.0 9.1 9.4 9.5 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
Professional and Business Services 20.7 21.2 20.0 20.5 -0.5 0.7 -0.5
Education and Health Services 39.6 40.5 39.5 40.8 -0.9 0.1 -1.3
Health and Social Assistance 33.9 34.1 34.0 34.6 -0.2 -0.1 -0.6
Ambulatory Health Care Services 13.7 13.7 13.6 13.6 0.0 0.1 0.0
Hospitals 8.3 8.4 8.4 8.5 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Leisure and Hospitality 18.4 19.2 17.7 18.5 -0.8 0.7 -0.8
Food Services and Drinking Places 13.3 13.7 13.4 13.7 -0.4 -0.1 -0.3
Other Services 8.7 8.9 8.9 9.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2
Government 36.0 36.3 36.0 36.6 -0.3 0.0 -0.6
Federal Government 4.6 4.6 4.5 4.7 0.0 0.1 -0.2
Total State Government 11.2 11.2 11.3 11.5 0.0 -0.1 -0.2
State Government Educational Services 6.1 6.2 6.0 6.2 -0.1 0.1 -0.2
Total Local Government 20.2 20.5 20.2 20.4 -0.3 0.0 -0.2
Local Government Educational Services 11.7 11.9 11.5 11.7 -0.2 0.2 -0.2
Workers in Labor/Management Disputes 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1/ Excludes proprietors, self-employed, members of the armed services, workers in private households, and agriculture.
Includes all full- and part-time wage and salary workers receiving pay during the pay period including the 12th of the month.
*Prepared by the Labor Market and Economic Analysis branch using a Quarterly Benchmark process. This process uses
the most recent quarter from the Unemployment Insurance Tax Reports (currently first quarter 2010) and estimates
employment from that point to present.
**North American Industry Classification System. ***QCEW = Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
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