Washington sees record unemployment rate of 15.4% in April

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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