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Wash. unemployment rate drops to 9.1 percent

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's unemployment rate dropped to 9.1 percent in July, down from June's revised rate of 9.2 percent.

The state also gained 4,000 non-agriculture jobs in July. State officials say that the last time the state saw jobs gained was in November 2008.

More than 315,850 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in July, according to the state Employment Security Department.

Initially, June's jobless rate was reported at 9.3 percent, but it was later revised down to 9.2 percent. Washington state's rate is lower than the national rate, which was 9.4 percent for July.

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