Dave Wallace http://kplu.org en State's jobless rate drops slightly http://kplu.org/post/states-jobless-rate-drops-slightly <p>Unemployment ticked downward in Washington state in February as hiring picked up. The changes were small, but the job market <a href="http://www.workforceexplorer.com/cgi/dataanalysis/?PAGEID=148">seems to have &ldquo;turned the corner,&rdquo; </a>according to the State&#39;s Employment Security department.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:36:19 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 1005 at http://kplu.org State's jobless rate drops slightly State's jobless rate drops http://kplu.org/post/states-jobless-rate-drops <p>Washington state added 11,000 jobs in&nbsp;January as the unemployment rate in state dropped from 9.3% &nbsp;in December to 9.1% at the start of the year.</p><div>It&#39;s the strongest month of job growth in three years, and the largest since November 2007, the month before the national&nbsp;recession began. The gains came outside the agriculture sector.</div><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:38:33 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 908 at http://kplu.org