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Washington Jobless Rate Up, but Job Market Improves

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OLYMPIA, Wash. The state's job market continues to grow despite a slight increase in unemployment . 

The Employment Security Department reports the unemployment rate for July was 6.9 percent, up from 6.8 percent the prior two months, but the state added an estimated 8,800 jobs in July, and state economists revised June's job growth of 9,800 up to 10,700 jobs. 

Industries showing the biggest job gains last month are education and health services, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality. Areas which experienced job losses are wholesale trade, government and construction. 

ESD says more than 239,000 people were unemployed and looking for work last month, including 108,214 who claimed unemployment benefits during that same time period.