The unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent in September from 6 percent in August despite increasing signs of recession. The state seems to be faring better than the rest of the country

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Unemployment in Washington dropped slightly in September despite increasing signs of recession, and the state seems to be faring better than the country as a whole.

The state’s jobless rate last month fell to 5.8 percent from 6 percent in August, the Employment Security Department reported today. However, the numbers are likely to be revised as the impact of the recent financial meltdown is better assessed, the agency said. The national unemployment rate was 6.1 in September.

In Seattle, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in September from 4.7 percent in August.

About 187,000 people were unemployed and looking for work in Washington.

The state added 28,100 nonfarm jobs since September 2007, up 1 percent versus a 0.7 percent drop nationwide. The numbers suggest that “Washington’s economy is in relatively better shape at the moment than the rest of the nation,” the agency said in a statement.

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