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Labor Market

Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor
Official website for everything related to employment

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Provides information about hundreds of jobs: training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions. It also provides job search tips, links to information about the job market in each state, Frequently Asked Questions, and more

Washington Demand/Decline Occupations
Washington Employment Trends, by area

WA Employment and Economic Information
Information on state's employment/unemployment conditions, economy, job market and work force 

Spokane and Area 
 - The Spokane community values Fairchild Air Force Base personnel and their families. Many members of the community are military retirees themselves, and know first-hand the strong work ethic and values in military families. There are many businesses which prefer to hire prior military members, and military spouses 

- Some businesses will not consider hiring a military spouse because they know that it may be a relatively short employment period. While this may be unpleasant to hear, the best approach is to just accept that not all businesses will be willing to consider you as an applicant and to focus your energy and talents on obtaining an interview with the businesses which do value what you have to offer. WorkSource can help you determine which businesses may be “military-friendly” for your career goals - short-term or long-term

 - While the minimum wage is higher than many areas, the pay scale for other than entry-level jobs is somewhat lower than most other areas of the country

 - Employment in the local area is oriented toward service, retail, and telephone call centers (incoming and outgoing). Good prospects for employment are clerical, healthcare, education, retail sales, telephone, and housekeeping

 - Many businesses do not hire directly; they utilize the “Temp-to-Hire” approach, using a staffing firm to fill a vacancy. If the person who is selected for the temporary job is someone that the company wants to hire, the company will then hire them on a permanent basis. Job seekers are encouraged to utilize staffing firms, focusing on those for which the employer (not the job seeker) pays the fee

 - Many local employers list their job vacancies at the WorkSource webpage


On-Base Employment
For civilians - primarily Air Force Civil Service, Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) employment, Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), AAFES (the Base Exchange or BX), and  contractors or subcontractors. Some individuals may qualify for Veteran’s Preference or Spouse Preference. Please see sub-topics in Careers tab for more information 

Worker’s Compensation 
About one third of Washington employees work for self-insured employers. If you are injured at work and your employer is self-insured, worker rights and benefits are the same, but your employer handles the paperwork and pays for your claim, not Washington Department of Labor & Industry (L&I)    

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