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Unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent

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OLYMPIA — Washington state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent last month, the lowest it has been in six years.

Numbers released today by the state’s Employment Security Department show that June’s jobless rate was down from May’s rate of 6.1 percent. The state also added an estimated 9,100 jobs in May.

The largest job increases were seen in education and health services, retail trade and leisure and hospitality. The biggest decrease was seen in government, while construction and manufacturing…

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