Labor market offers available, educated, skilled employees

Spokane Valley is situated in the center of Spokane County, which has a labor force of more than 263,000, the largest labor market in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The city alone has a work force of nearly 52,000.

The Washington State Employment Security Department maintains helpful labor information and up-to-date statistics for Spokane County and other counties statewide.

Spokane Valley is perfectly positioned between Spokane to the west and Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls to the east, making it accessible from either location within 20 minutes via Interstate 90. This makes the city a popular choice for businesses that wish to draw from both labor markets for relocation or expansion.

In addition, the Spokane metro is the education hub of the Inland Northwest with 18 universities and colleges offering educational programs in all industries. More than 85,000 students study at colleges and universities within an 80-mile radius of Spokane County, creating a large talent pool and a dependable source of future employees.  The county’s public and private higher education institutions work collaboratively with one another, and with the business community, to support the needs of students and connect them to employment opportunities in various industries.

Businesses that relocate to Spokane Valley will find affordable housing for their workers, and several types of new housing units are under construction. Spokane County added 7,300 residents in 2019, a 1.4% increase in population compared to a year prior, according to the Washington state Office of Financial Management. Some of the best real estate markets in the U.S. (as of August 2020) are located in Spokane Valley and Spokane, according to Wallethub.

Resources for employers

Spokane Workforce Council

The Spokane Workforce 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 acts as a comprehensive one-stop career center for adults in the area, offering referrals, workshops, career counseling and more.

WorkSource Washington

WorkSource Washington is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington. Customers access services electronically through or through a network of more than 60 WorkSource centers, affiliates and connection sites. Last year, WorkSource professionals helped some 170,000 workers and nearly 5,600 Washington employers. Studies show that people who use WorkSource services tend to find work faster and earn more money than those who don’t.

Impact Washington

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.