Spokane Unemployment for July at 8.1%

Total employed – note that past numbers have been adjusted since previous releases.
2013JulEmp
Charts and data tables are from the Washington Employment Security Department.

For the month of July (and July only) 54% of jobs lost during the downturn have been recovered.

Long Term Spokane County non-farm Employment History (Chart from US BLS to early 2013)
2013JanBLSTotalEmployed

Unemployment

2013JulUnemp

Essentially all the job losses were due to seasonal layoffs of annually contracted education sector workers. A school worker told me she is eligible for unemployment during the summer and then is rehired in the fall.

2013JulGov

All of the “government” (education) jobs will come back September-October as shown by this history chart. The annual large cycle in employment is due to the government sector.

2013GovEmp

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