The Seattle metro area accounted for more than half those jobs, continuing six months of solid growth.

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Washington’s economy surged forward in July with employers adding 12,800 jobs, the largest monthly spike in nearly five years.

The Seattle metro area accounted for more than half those jobs, continuing six months of solid growth. The state’s jobless rate edged up to 5.7 percent in July from 5.5 percent the previous month as the unemployed resumed their job search and were once again counted in the labor force.

Nationally, employers added 207,000 positions in July, while the U.S. unemployment rate held at 5 percent.

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