Washington gained 7,700 jobs in April

Washington state employers added 7,700 jobs in April, according to the latest estimates from the state’s Employment Security Department.

Job gains from March were also revised upward to 8,300. In 2014, the state’s employers have added about 6,900 jobs on average each month, according to Paul Turek, a labor economist with the Employment Security Department.

Washington’s unemployment rate in April was estimated at 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in March.

Most of the state’s economic sectors saw job growth exceed losses in April. But government, manufacturing and financial activities lost a combined 1,400 jobs that month, according to the latest estimates.

The biggest job gains were in professional and business services, adding an estimated 2,000 jobs. Retailers also added 1,400 jobs, and the construction, private education and health services industries added 1,200.

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