State unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent in April

Washington state’s preliminary unemployment rate for April dropped to 5.5. percent, the lowest it’s been since 2008, according to the latest report from the state Employment Security Department.

The unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points from the March 2015 revised rate of 5.9 percent. The state gained an estimated 8,200 jobs from March to April, according to the report.

The top five industry sectors in terms of employment gains between April 2014 and April 2015 were construction, professional and business services, education and health services, retail trade and government.

Out of the industry sectors the report tracks, only the mining and logging industry lost jobs between April 2014 and April 2015.

The national unemployment rate for April 2015 was 5.4 percent.


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