From my colleague Rolf Boone:
Washington state unemployment fell to a five-year low in April, dropping to 7 percent last month from 7.3 percent in March, according to the state Employment Security Department.
The last time the seasonally adjusted jobless rate was this low was 7.1 percent in December 2008.
The state added 3,800 jobs in the March-to-April period — most of those were retail trade positions — and the state didn’t lose as many jobs as previously thought for March. Instead of shedding an estimated 5,500 jobs in March, the loss was actually 1,600 jobs.
The state has regained about 78 percent of the 205,000 jobs lost during the recession.
The national unemployment rate is 7.5 percent.