State's unemployment drops to 7 percent

Washington state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped sixth-tenths of a percentage point, to 7 percent, state economists announced earlier this week.

But while economic experts acknowledged the news is good, they caution that Washington still has far too go before its unemployment rate is in line with the nation’s.

The state unemployment rate has been edging up since the summer of 1999.

In January, Washington’s seasonally adjusted rate hit 7.5 percent, while the national unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.