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April 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Many in Washington state still in search of a job, despite 3,300 new jobs in March

Washington state has unemployment rates consistently above the national average and, despite modest job growth in March, many Washingtonians are still looking for a job.

SEATTLE — Anyone who’s faced unemployment knows the real story isn’t told by the numbers.  Against the backdrop of Washington state’s recent “meh” unemployment stat, preliminarily 8.3%, Jobbernaut’s “Greater Seattle Diversity Job Fair” was held Wednesday at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall bringing together a wide spectrum of job seekers and employers.

Graph and chart of unemployment numbers and job growth areas combined for Washington state.

The chart on left shows unemployment numbers in Washington state for the period of March 2007 through March 2012. The illustration on the right shows the sector distribution of job creation for the period of March 2011 through March 2012. (Data visualization by Corey Murata/UW Election Eye.)

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