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Unemployment up, but just a little…

The state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate is now 9.3 percent, up 2/10ths of a percent from May’s revised rate of 9.1 percent.

“We are beginning to see signs that our economy may be stabilizing and recovery efforts are working, but it will take time,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said.

Where are the jobs being lost? Government cut 4,600 jobs, retail cut 2,100, and education/health-care services and construction each lost 1,200 jobs.

Compared to last year, Washington had 117,800 fewer jobs than a year ago.

The state’s Employment Security Department estimates that 329,983 Washingtonians are unemployed and looking for work.

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