- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane-Spokane Valley metropolitan area is seeing a growing number of jobs since the Great Recession in areas that pay above-average wages.

The Spokesman-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1SuHTy7 ) that Spokane and nearby Pend Oreille and Stevens counties have added 8,800 jobs in the last two years. A majority of the growth has been seen in jobs relating to professional business services, public and private education, health services and leisure and hospitality.

Economists say the number of jobs in finance, transportation and manufacturing has also increased.

Older job sectors for Spokane, which include mining, logging and construction, grew by about 1,200 jobs in the past two years. Economists say it will take some more time, possibly years, until construction hits levels close to those before the recession in 2007.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com


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