Hiring surges in Seattle but declines in other parts of the state mean the monthly jobless rate increased to 5.5 percent in April, up from 5.2 percent in March.

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Hiring surges in Seattle but declines in other parts of the state mean the monthly jobless rate increased to 5.5 percent in April, up from 5.2 percent in March.

The state gained 2,300 jobs but it wasn’t enough for the 18,000 people who decided to look for work last month, causing the rate to go up. Job seekers in Seattle had the best month in the last four with 6,400 jobs created in the metro area — twice the average of 3,700 jobs created a month. Construction, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing led the way.