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Job Growth Continues Upward Trend in Spokane County

Spokane County’s unemployment rate fell a full percentage point between March and April, 2017 after nearly 1,100 jobs were added in the region, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. The current rate of 5.2% is also a percentage … Read more

Advantage Spokane e-news archive

Advantage Spokane, March 2017 “Data confirms that our regional economy really started taking off in 2015,” says Avista Chief Economist Grant Forsyth. “2016 was a continuation of that somewhat belated recovery, which has been very strong so far.” Employment growth … Read more

2016 Year-End Business Barometer

Good economic news across the board in 2016 “Spokane had a solid year in 2016 and we are seeing economic growth more similar to the Puget Sound and Portland areas than we did in the beginning of the recovery,” says … Read more

Spokane Economy Remains Strong

Spokane continued to see steady growth which is forecast to continue in 2017. The regional economy is a subset of the national economy, but local economists expect it to fare better than the U.S. overall. Permitting, a leading indicator, increased … Read more