OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — New numbers show the state reportedly gained more than 24,000 jobs in January, but state officials believe that number is too high to be accurate.
Economists with the state Employment Security Department said Wednesday that it's been more than 17 years since the state saw that much job growth in one month and that the numbers are likely to be revised.
The job numbers were released Wednesday along with the unemployment rate, which was unchanged at 7.5 percent.
An estimated 261,000 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in January, including more than 151,000 who claimed unemployment benefits.
More than 3,300 unemployed workers ran out of unemployment benefits last month. A total of 128,808 people have exhausted their benefits since extended benefits were activated in July 2008.