Washington's March unemployment rate drops to 7.3 percent | Business
After strong monthly job gains in Washington earlier this year, that momentum appears to have slowed.
Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent last month, the lowest rate in more than four years.
According to the Associated Press, the state saw a decrease of 5,500 jobs from February. An estimated 254,000 people in Washington were unemployed and looking for work in March, including more than 136,000 who claimed unemployment benefits.
More than 3,100 unemployed workers ran out of unemployment benefits last month. A total of 135,236 people have exhausted their benefits since extended benefits were activated in July 2008.