Wash. sees loss of 6,000 jobs last month

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's unemployment rate dropped slightly last month, but the state still saw job losses.

Numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department show that the state's unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent, down from 7 percent in October. However, at the same time, the state saw a decrease of an estimated 6,000 jobs, with government, manufacturing and construction reporting the biggest losses.

Sectors that saw some gains were leisure and hospitality, financial activities, information, and retail trade.

More than 235,000 people were unemployed and looking for work last month, including 101,267 who claimed unemployment benefits during that same time period.