The Manufacturing industry in Spokane County was hit hard during the nation-wide recession.

The sector has rebounded slightly with steady year-over-year job growth in the region, in part led by the Aerospace Manufacturing subsector, which now has more than 120 manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and related organizations located throughout the Spokane region. Spokane has a unique mix of factors giving it a competitive advantage in the Manufacturing sector – Low cost for utilities, low cost for land, a well-established school-to-work talent pipeline, and an easily accessible multimodal transportation network of air, rail, and road. The Spokane region is also strong in the manufacturing of medical equipment, wood and paper products, and metals.

The manufacturing industry faces numerous challenges in creating new job growth, from technology and automation reducing the number of workers needed, to international demand and low cost competition. However, many of those who are currently employed in the manufacturing industry are older in age, and developing a pool of talented workers to fulfill the expected replacement demand will be vital in keeping the industry strong.


2013 Industry Jobs in Spakane County


2018 Industry Jobs in Spokane County


Total Change Over the Last Five Years


Average Annual % Change


Average Annual Earnings in Industry


Source: JobsEQ 2018Q4 for Spokane County

2018 In Demand Occupations

Production (SOC 51.0000)

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Machine Operators and Tenders

Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers



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