Labor market offers available, educated and skilled employees
Spokane Valley is situated in the center of Spokane County, which has a labor force of more than 254,000, the largest labor market in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The city alone has a work force of nearly 50,000.
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 valley a popular choice for businesses who wish to draw from both labor markets for a relocation or expansion.
In addition, the greater Spokane region is the education hub of the Inland Northwest with 18 universities and colleges offering educational programs. More than 85,000 students study at colleges and universities within an 80-mile radius of the county, creating a large talent pool and a dependable source of future employees who will be well-trained and ready to work. 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 various industries.
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 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 WorkSourceWA.com 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 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, policymakers and various organizations.