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November 16, 2012

State jobless rate drops to 8.2 percent

OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington state's unemployment rate has dropped to 8.2 percent and the state netted a gain of 6,700 jobs, state officials said Thursday.

State officials said the drop from September's 8.5 percent rate was just a preliminary estimate and may be revised as more data comes in. But Joe Elling, chief labor economist for the Employment Security Department, said the “overall direction is positive.”

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