Spokane Unemployment for July at 8.1%

Total employed – note that past numbers have been adjusted since previous releases.
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)



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.


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.



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