Local workforce

Labor market offers available, educated and skilled employees

Spokane County is the largest labor market in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. As the education hub of the Inland Northwest with 18 universities and colleges located in the area, the county has a dependable source of employees who are well-trained, ready to work and valued for loyalty. More than 85,000 students study at area colleges and universities within an 80-mile radius of Spokane County, creating a large talent pool for the region.

The county’s public and private higher education institutions work collaboratively with one another and the business community to support the needs of students and various industries seeking skilled talent from the graduating population. This ensures student success and a workforce developed specifically to meet the needs of business and industry.

Resources for employers

Additionally, Spokane Valley offers a wide range of resources to support the hiring needs of employers. The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council offers employers resources such as job posting and screening, candidate source, job profiling, assessment testing, behavioral interviewing, on the job training and work opportunity tax credits. It can also provide customized labor market intelligence, experienced HR support, and specialized services to meet the needs of targeted industries. The council also coordinates WorkSource Spokane, a comprehensive one-stop career center for adults in the area, offering referrals, workshops, career counseling and more.

Impact Washington also provides programs and tools to make manufacturers more globally competitive. With a variety of consulting and training services, Impact Washington has a 20-year history of creating measurable impacts for manufacturers.

When combined with Washington’s colleges, and job skills programs, these resources make building a highly skilled team fast and simple. You can learn more about the region’s workforce and demographics at the Spokane Community Indicators website, which provides relevant data for community members, policy makers and various organizations.

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