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Unemployment rate drops just below national average
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Washington State Unemployment Rate Dips Below National Average

For the first time since May of 2014, the Washington state unemployment rate dropped just below the national average.

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Benton-Franklin unemployment rates remain about the same for March
Benton-Franklin unemployment rates remain about the same for March (Getty images)
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Benton, Franklin County March Unemployement Sees Little Change

New numbers released by Washington state show our region fairly stable when it comes to jobs, but not among the lowest in state.

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Washington State unemployment rate virtually unchanged
Washington State unemployment rate virtually unchanged (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Washington State Unemployment Rate Virtually Unchanged January Through February

At showing some stability, Washington state's unemployment rate showed virtually no change the first two months of the year.

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Unemployment rates not really dropping
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Unemployment Rate Drops — But It’s From People Leaving Workforce, Not New Jobs

The federal government is not presenting the honest story about job numbers, says Americans for Limited Government (ALG), one of the larger conservative political action groups in the country.

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Even More Evidence Raising Minimum Wage Kills Teen, Unskilled Employment

For many experts and economists, dealing with politicians has become like beating their head against a rock.   Here comes yet another credible study showing raising the minimum wage doesn't do any good, and in fact, hurts the people it was designed to help.

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Oregon Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008 – Big Gains In Many Occupations

The last time Oregon's unemployment rate was this low was five years ago.

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Government shutdown means no new unemployment figures
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Government Shutdown Means No Unemployment Figures for Oregon and Washington

Usually about this time each month, we get a look at what unemployment rates are in Washington and Oregon.

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What States Have the Highest Unemployment Rates?

It’s not easy being unemployed or under-employed, but you are definitely not alone. Even with a highly positive new jobs report just out and the country apparently on an upswing, an unemployment rate of 7.7 percent means a lot of people still need jobs.

But that doesn’t mean the situation is hopeless for anyone. If you’re spent on looking for available jobs in your current locale because it seems like the well has dried, you could be right. Some states have higher unemployment rates than others, and you could be stuck living somewhere that’s not helping you. It might be time to relocate.

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What States Have the Lowest Unemployment Rates?

If you’ve been struggling to find a new job, get that first job out of college or get back to work, perhaps it’s a change of location you need. The unemployment rate is not equal across the states, and for all the tough economic news of the past several years, things aren't all that bad in certain places.

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Obamacare job cuts already beginning
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Best of 2012 November – Thousands Of Layoffs Pending Due To Obamacare-Many Starting Now

Something you didn't hear about during the post-election gushing in the mainstream media, thousands-possibly tens of thousands of Obamacare related layoffs.

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