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Washington State Unemployment Unchanged from January to February

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SEATTLE, WA - Washington state's unemployment rate is holding steady at 6.4%, remaining at its lowest point in more than five years.

The state Employment Security Department says the state's unemployment rate stayed the same from January to February, even though it added 2,500 new jobs.

The department also revised the numbers of jobs the state added in January, boosting it by 2,000 for a total of 5,800 new jobs in the first month of the year.

The national unemployment rate is 6.7%.

In the past year, Washington state added 54,400 jobs. Washington's unemployment rate grew as high as 10.2% at the start of 2010, but has been falling steadily ever since.

The state says about 220,000 people are looking for work.

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