Workforce

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 workforce of more than 55,000. 

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.

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HELPFUL DATA AND STATS

Future Workforce

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. Area universities and colleges include Gonzaga, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth, Washington State University, University of Idaho, College of Idaho and more.

Employee Housing

The housing options and neighborhoods throughout the City offer a variety of housing and living areas for individuals and families. Businesses that relocate to Spokane Valley will find affordable housing for their workers, and several types of new housing units are under construction. Some of the best real estate markets in the U.S. are located in Spokane Valley and Spokane, according to Wallethub.

From traditional residential square blocks with sidewalks and individual driveways to planned communities that include wider streets, trails and shared amenities, the options continue to evolve. A home in Spokane Valley will cost you as much as 48% less than in western Washington (source: Payscale.com). 

Both the City and the state continue to work toward increasing housing supply. 2023 was a record year for housing initiatives. Lawmakers adopted nine bipartisan bills to address a critical shortage of affordable homes. The Legislature approved bills to speed up permitting, allow more duplexes, triplexes, and townhomes, ease barriers to accessory dwelling units, and reform condo rules. In addition, the Legislature set aside a record $400 million for affordable housing in the capital budget, steps that will help make a dent in the state’s undersupply of homes. Washington needs more than 1 million new homes over the next 20 years — about 50,000 annually — to keep pace with population growth. (source: AWB)

The City of Spokane Valley developed a Housing Action Plan in 2023. Adoption of initiatives guided by this plan are underway.

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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 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

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. 

Spokane Valley Snapshot: Businesses and Employees