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Washington’s Job Growth Brightens

Washington’s job prospects brightened significantly in May, with an estimated net growth of 11,700 jobs, according to the state’s Employment Security Department.

The estimated unemployment rate also rose slightly, from April’s revised rate of 8

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Florida Residents Given Capes to Fight Unemployment

A government-supported unemployment agency in Central Florida is in hot water today after it reportedly spent $14,200 to fund 6,000 superhero capes to hand out to unemployed area residents.

It's all part of what's being called the 'Cape- A-Bility Challenge,' a contest in which out-of-work Floridians take on "Dr. Evil Unemployment," a cartoon character that represents the current state of the economy. (The agency also spent $2,300 on foam cutouts of this job-killing super villain.)

Once they enter the contest, they will be provided with a red cape -- while supplies last, of course. The campaign, which some are calling "insensitive and wasteful," runs through June 30.

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Big Job Gains Push Wash. Unemployment Rate Down to 9.1 Percent

 

January was the strongest month in terms of job growth in Washington in more than three years, state officials announced Tuesday.

That helped push the unemployment rate down to 9.1 percent in January, compared with 9.3 percent in December, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

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