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State jobless rate at 6.6 percent

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SEATTLE — Washington state’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in more than five years.

The state Employment Security Department said Thursday that the jobless rate had fallen to 6.6 percent in December, down from 6.8 in November. The last time the numbers were that low was in November 2008, when the state’s unemployment rate was at 6.5 percent.

State officials estimate that Washington added 4,800 jobs between November and December and a total increase of about 47,000 jobs…

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