Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 4. 7 percent last month. That's down from March's reported rate of 4. 9 percent, according to...

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Washington state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent last month.

That’s down from March’s reported rate of 4.9 percent, according to numbers released by the state Employment Security Department today. The national unemployment rate is 5 percent.

The drop in unemployment in the state was accompanied by a decline of 1,800 non-agricultural jobs in April from March. But the total number of non-agricultural jobs in Washington was still 46,300 higher than in April 2007, a 1.6 percent increase. Nationally, job growth for the past year was 0.3 percent.

Industries in Washington with the largest job growth were government, with 600 new jobs, and professional business services, with 500 new jobs.