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Washington Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 7.5 Percent

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - New numbers show Washington added 4,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.5 percent.

State Employment Security Department Economists said Wednesday that overall, the state added about 65,000 jobs over the past year, regaining around 70 percent of the more than 200,000 jobs lost during the recession.
    
An estimated 259,100 people in the state were unemployed and searching for work in February, including nearly 140,000 who claimed unemployment benefits.
    
More than 3,300 unemployed workers ran out of benefits last month. A total of 132,165 people exhausted their benefits since extended benefits were activated in July 2008.

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