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March Unemployment Rate Flat In Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A day after Oregon delivered a virtually unchanged monthly jobs report for March, neighboring Washington did the same. Washington's employment department pegged the state's unemployment rate last month at 8.3 percent. That's the same as the revised rate for February.

The state's chief labor economist Dave Wallace says manufacturing continues to lead the recovery, but the overall picture indicates slowing growth.

This Washington Employment Department map shows the preliminary unemployment rates in each county for March 2012.
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This Washington Employment Department map shows the preliminary unemployment rates in each county for March 2012.

"We did grow a little faster than the nation as a whole, Wallace says. "So I would say that while the pace was a little bit disappointing, at least we're moving in the right direction and most sectors added jobs."

The employment department estimates 289,400 Washingtonians were unemployed and looking for work in March. That's down from a peak of more than 365,000 measured about two years ago.

Oregon's unemployment rate edged down to 8.6 percent in March, essentially unchanged from the 8.7 percent rate the month before.

On the Web:

Washington employment report:

https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/reports-publications/economic-reports/monthly-employment-report

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Tom Banse covers national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be found online and heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.