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Wash. April Unemployment Rate Drops To 7 Percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent in April, the lowest it's been since the end of 2008.
    
Numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department also show that an estimated 3,800 jobs were added last month. Economists revised job loss numbers for March significantly, from an initial estimated loss of 5,500 down to 1,600 jobs.
    
More than 243,000 people were unemployed and looking for work last month, including nearly 130,800 who claimed unemployment benefits. A total of 138,997 have exhausted their benefits since extended benefits were activated in July 2008.

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