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Unemployment levels lowest in five years

KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state unemployment rate is at its lowest point in more than five years.

Paul Turek with the state Employment Security Department says the jobless number fell to 6.6 percent in December.

Turek adds part of the reason for that is because some people just stopped looking for jobs.

Play Paul Turek on unemployment figures

Close to 228,000 people are still looking for work.

Turek estimates Washington added nearly 5,000 jobs between November and December and 47,000 for the year.

 

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