Washington State unemployment rate drops for the 19th month

CLARKSTON, WA - More than 7,000 jobs were added in Washington State last month, dropping the unemployment rate to 6.1%.

These numbers were released by the State Employment Security Department this week. They show job growth in April comes after a strong month in March. The biggest growth was seen in professional and business services. Other areas were retail, construction, private education and health services.

"It looks like that trend will continue and we should start seeing more growth for the next two years," said WA. State Economist, Paule Turke. "Things should move in this direction unless something happens to impede that growth."

Turke said April is the 19th month of continuous job growth in Washington. According to the Employment Security Department, this year alone more than 77,000 jobs have been added statewide.