Washington State’s unemployment rate has dropped to 8.2%. The state Employment Security Department said yesterday that the unemployment rate fell in October as the net number of jobs
grew by about 6,700 jobs last month. September’s rate was 8.5%. Washington’s jobless rate is still higher than the national rate, which was 7.9% last month. Officials say about 286,000 people were unemployed and looking for work in the state in October, with more than 124,000 claiming unemployment benefits.