WA Unemployment Rate Stays Flat at 8.3 Percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s unemployment rate for March remained flat at 8.3 percent, but the state added 3,300 jobs last month, marking the third consecutive month of job growth.

The new rate for March was 8.3 percent, which matched the upwardly revised rate for February, the state’s Employment Security Department said. The state’s jobless rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 8.2 percent.

Industries that had the most job growth last month included government, retail trade and manufacturing. Most of the government-sector job growth was seen in schools and higher education, while state agencies and the federal government lost jobs.

Only two industry sectors lost jobs — education and health services; and transportation, warehousing and utilities.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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