Jobless rate down in Washington state

Unemployment in Washington state fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.6 percent in November, state officials announced Tuesday.

The seasonally adjusted rate, though worse than the national rate, remains better than the jobless rate in Oregon.

Oregon’s unemployment rate – the highest in the nation in October – increased in November to 7.1 percent, compared with the national rate of 6 percent for the month.

Without adjustment for seasonal factors, Washington’s unemployment rate actually increased three-tenths of a percentage point, to 6.7 percent, state officials said.