YAKIMA, Wash. -- For the first time in almost four year, the unemployment rate in Washington has reached 6%.
The rate is based on polls taken in August. The unemployment rate in August 2007 was only 4.5%.
The last time the state unemployment rate hit 6% was October 2004.
Officials at the Employment Security Department say it will be very difficult for people to find a job for at least the next six months. They estimate that around 200,000 people statewide are currently looking for work.