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Washington Jobless Rate

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ Washington's unemployment rate dipped to a record low last month. The Employment Security Department today announced it was at four-point-four percent in April. That's the lowest since comparable record-keeping more than three decades ago.

The seasonally adjusted rate was an improvement from the previous month's record low of 4.6 percent. In a prepared statement Governor Chris Gregoire said it was QUOTE "even further proof that our state economy is one of the strongest and fastest-growing in the nation."

The state's employers added about 29-hundred net new jobs last month, with the largest growth in professional and business services, which had 21-hundred new jobs.

Construction saw an increase of 900, and other groups, like membership organizations, grew by 500. Manufacturing was down by 900 jobs, financial activities decreased by 100, and government lost 100.

The state estimates that more than 145-thousand people are still unemployed.

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