Washington unemployment rate drops again

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in January.

The Employment Security Department said Wednesday the state gained about 13,200 jobs last month. December's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent.

Industry sectors that had the most job growth in January were professional and business services, which added 5,500 jobs; retail trade, up 2,700 jobs and education and health services, up 2,300 positions.