BUSINESS BRIEFS — Sequim thrift shop set to open Saturday . . . and other items

Peninsula Daily News and The Associated Press

SEQUIM — The Sequim-Dungeness Hospital Guild’s Thrift Shop, 204 W. Bell St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The sale will feature home furnishings, household and kitchen items, jewelry and summer fashions.

All white-tagged items will be marked half-price.

Volunteers and consignors are always needed.

For more information, phone 360-683-7044.

State jobless rate

OLYMPIA — Washington state added 7,700 jobs last month and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent, according to a report released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department.

The latest numbers show that the job growth in April comes after a strong month in March, where upward revised numbers indicated a gain of 8,300 jobs.

April’s jobless rate also dipped down from March’s 6.3 percent rate.

Figures for Clallam and Jefferson counties are expected to be released Tuesday.

“We’re moving into an expansionary phase,” Paul Turek, a labor economist with the department, said in a written statement.

“There were more jobs available, and more people got jobs. It’s a positive trend.”

Washington’s unemployment rate is below the national rate of 6.3 percent for April.

State officials said the unemployment rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area of Western Washington dropped to 5 percent from March’s rate of 5.2 percent.

The Employment Security Department estimates that more than 77,000 jobs have been added statewide during the one-year period ending in April.

In April 2013, the state’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent.

The number of unemployed job seekers actively looking for work in the state dropped by 9,000 to 210,600 last month.

Nearly 83,000 people claimed unemployment benefits in April.

The biggest job growth in April was seen in professional and business services, which added an estimated 2,000 jobs, of which 1,200 were in administrative and support services.

Other areas that saw increases were retail, other services, construction and private education and health services.

Sectors that saw job losses were in government, manufacturing and financial activities, which lost a total of 1,400 jobs.

Mining and logging saw no change in employment last month.

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