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State jobless rate drops further to 6.4 percent

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SEATTLE — Washington state’s unemployment rate is 6.4 percent, the lowest it has been in more than five years.

The state Employment Security Department said today that Washington added 3,800 jobs between December and January. Washington’s unemployment rate is below the national rate of 6.6 percent for January. Washington’s adjusted rate for December was 6.7 percent.

State officials say the strongest growth was in private sector jobs. Over the past year, the private sector has added 58,700 jobs, while government…

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