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After uneven growth last year, Washington posted the nation’s highest increase in gross domestic product in the first quarter, according to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The report today said Washington GDP grew by a seasonally adjusted 3.9 percent, tied with Oregon and Arkansas for the lead. Nationally, the broadest measure of goods and services increased 1.1 percent. The state’s GDP increased by 1.3 percent in the fourth quarter of last year.

Elsewhere in the Northwest, Alaska GDP fell 1 percent, while Idaho declined 0.2 percent compared with the fourth quarter last year. The biggest decline nationally was in oil-dependent North Dakota, down 11.4 percent.

Washington surpassed its pre-recession level of real GDP in 2011, well ahead of many states. GDP totaled $397 billion in 2015. Massachusetts and Arizona, states with similar population size, turned in $428 billion and $261 billion respectively.


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