Washington State Unemployment Shows Slow Improvement

By Patricia Murphy

The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington State is holding steady at 6.3 percent. The Employment Security Department says the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. 

The biggest job gains last month were seen in professional and business services. That includes office jobs, administrative and temporary work. Other sectors that saw big gains included manufacturing.

Paul Turek is a labor economist for the state of Washington. He says the short-term employment trend is moving in the right direction. He says "We’re slowly getting there which is better than not getting there at all.“

Washington is doing better than the rest of the country and the Seattle area is doing better than the rest of the state. But despite all the gains Washington’s unemployment rate held steady because of job losses in government and wholesale trade.

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