Spokane Employment and Unemployment Update

The State’s latest employment figures show good gains this past month, with most of the growth within the “services” category and suggest Spokane is starting to climb out of its five year long jobs drought.

My interest is in the year-over-year growth figures and April shows good numbers.

2013AprEmployment

It will take several more years before reaching the level of jobs present in 2007-2008. During this five year jobs drought, the population has increased which also means that labor force participation remains lower than previous levels.

Unemployment

2013AprUnemployment

 

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