Wash. unemployment rate unchanged at 7.5 percent

Wash. unemployment rate unchanged at 7.5 percent

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Wash. unemployment rate unchanged at 7.5 percent

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 4:37 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- New numbers show the state gained 4,000 jobs in February and that the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.5 percent.

Economists with the state Employment Security Department said Wednesday that overall, the state has added about 65,000 jobs over the past year, regaining about 70 percent of the more than 200,000 jobs lost during the recession.

An estimated 259,100 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in February, including nearly 140,000 who claimed unemployment benefits.

More than 3,300 unemployed workers ran out of unemployment benefits last month. A total of 132,165 people have exhausted their benefits since extended benefits were activated in July 2008.

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