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Washington Unemployment Rises to 9.3%

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OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- Washington's unemployment rate rose to 9.3 percent last month, up from a revised rate of 9.1 percent in May.

Tuesday's report from the State Employment Security Department says nearly 330,000 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in June.

Industries with the largest declines were government, which lost 4,600 jobs, retail trade, which cut 2,100, education and health care services, down 1,200, and construction, which also lost 1,200 jobs.

Some industries saw growth. Leisure and hospitality added 500 jobs, and professional and business services were up by 100. Washington had 117,800 fewer jobs last month than in June 2008, a 4 percent decrease.

Nationally, employment declined by 4.1 percent over the past year.

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