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Washington Economy Getting Greener

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Governor Gregoire announces Washington state economy is getting greener.

The Employment Security Department is reporting that the number of green jobs in Washington state increased between 2008 and 2009, even during the worst part of the recession. There were more than 99,000 green jobs in Washington in 2009.

Among industries that were surveyed in both 2008 and 2009, green jobs grew by nearly 1/3. Governor Gregoire said the increase in green jobs was good news after two years of low employment numbers.