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Unemployment rate up slightly in July

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Unemployment rate up slightly in July

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s job market continues to show strength, even though the unemployment rate saw a slight uptick in July.

The state Employment Security Department says the jobless rate of 6.9 percent was up a tenth of a point from June.

The state added an estimated 8,800 jobs in July, driven mainly by education and health services.

Wholesale trade and the public sector showed job losses.

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