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WA unemployment rate drops to 9.1 percent in May

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington state's unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent in May.

State officials said Tuesday that it dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from April's revised rate of 9.3 percent.

More than 310,000 people in the state are unemployed and looking for work. And more than 265,000 received unemployment benefits from the state in May.

Washington added about 8,600 jobs last month, but most were temporary jobs for the Census. However, several industry segments did increase jobs, including construction, retail trade and professional and business services.

Benton County 6.6%
Franklin County 7.7%
Walla Walla County 7.1%
Yakima County 9.1% 
Kittitas County it's 8.6%

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