This partially explains the vacant buildings

The Spokane Valley has been trying to cope with job loss and has the 11th highest unemployment rate out of the 49 legislative districts in the state, with nearly 5,000 people looking for work

via Shea: DOC extension of chemical dependency treatment contract saves 173 local jobs : Washington House Republicans.

And separately: the Federal mining safety research lab in Spokane has been shrinking. They say hiring is tough because

One problem is that Spokane is relatively remote, making it difficult to recruit staff there, Blosser said.

“It’s off the beaten path,” Blosser said.

Interesting assessment.

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