Wash. unemployment rate stays flat at 8.3 percent



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state’s unemployment rate for March remained flat at 8.3 percent, but the state added 3,000 jobs last month, marking the 15th consecutive month of job growth.

The new rate for March was 8.3 percent, which matched the upwardly revised rate for February, the state’s Employment Security Department announced Wednesday.

Industries that had the most job growth last month included government, retail trade and manufacturing. Only two industry sectors lost jobs — education and health services; and transportation, warehousing and utilities.