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Tue., July 22, 2008, 10:15 a.m.

Jobs down slightly…

Mixed news on the economy:

The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly in June, from 5.3 percent to 5.5 percent, according to the state Department of Employment Security. The number of jobs is holding steady, the agency says, but more people -- particularly recent graduates -- are looking for work.

Biggest job growth: manufacturing, with 700 new jobs, and leisure and hospitality, with 600.

Biggest declines: construction (-900), finance (-700), and government (-400).

The agency -- which runs the state's unemployment insurance program -- says that about 187,860 people are unemployed and looking for work in Washington. (If you're one of them, try the state's website for jobs: WorkSource.)

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