From the Associated Press:
Wash. jobless rate ticks up to 9.5 pct. in March
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state’s unemployment rate remained relatively steady at 9.5 percent last month as Washington employers added about 1,600 jobs, officials announced Tuesday.
The jobless rate was slightly higher than February’s revised rate of 9.4 percent. February’s rate was originally listed at 9.5 percent, but it was later revised lower. It still remains lower than the national unemployment rate of 9.7 percent.
Nearly 348,000 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in March, and more than 291,000 people received unemployment benefits.
Washington state had 67,800 fewer jobs last month than in March 2009, a 2.4 percent decrease. Nationally, employment declined 1.8 percent over the past year.
So we added 1,600 jobs last month. Guess which sector made up 25% of that gain?
I’ll give you a hint: It starts with a “G” and ends with “overnment.”