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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in February and more than 330,000 people are looking for work.

The rate increased from 7.8 percent in January, state officials said Tuesday. Washington's rate remains higher than the national rate of 8.1 percent.

More than 28,000 jobs were lost last month. Industries with the largest declines were professional and business services, down 13,400 jobs, transportation, trade and utilities, down 4,900, construction, down 4,200, and manufacturing, which cut 2,500 jobs

The most job growth occurred in the financial activities industry which added 1,200 jobs. 

"I urge unemployed workers to visit their nearest WorkSource center and take advantage of the expert resources there," said Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee. "More and more workers qualify for training assistance to prepare for a new career, and federal stimulus funds will arrive soon to help pay for it." 

Washington had 97,100 fewer jobs last month than in February 2008, a 3.3 percent decrease. Nationally, employment declined by 3 percent from a year ago.

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