OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's unemployment rate was a record 15.4%, and the state's economy lost 527,000 jobs last month. It's the highest jobless rate the state has seen since it started keeping comparable records in the 1970s. April's rate is a significant jump from March's 5.1%, though officials had warned April's numbers would more truly reflect the widespread closing of restaurants and other businesses that started in mid-March. February's unemployment rate was 3.8%.

The previous record was 12.2% in November 1982. All thirteen industry sectors in the state saw losses last month, with the largest drops seen in leisure and hospitality, construction, education and health services, and retail trade.

 

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JohnQPublic

You did this, Inslee. Take responsibility for your actions.

Cheburashka

You tell 'em. And tear into Mississippi and Kentucky too, since they have the exact same unemployment rate. And congratulations Blue-State Connecticut for having the LOWEST unemployment rate in the US!!

JohnQPublic

I don't live on those states, but you should move to one of them so you can tell people how wrong they are because you disagree. Congratulations Connecticut. I don't care about your politics, but do care about your economic success.

Cheburashka

I should move to a State where Imy a political minority so I can complain? That would make me.....you. 🤢

JohnQPublic

Yep, and for once you could say, "Hey everybody, I'm an American because I have the right to political disagreement and free speech."

Cheburashka

Say it? Dude, I LIVE it. And it seems to bother you that I do.

JohnQPublic

Doesn't bother me a bit. Your ignorance and falsehoods are protected by the 1st amendment. Enjoy!

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