The unemployment picture in Washington is a little brighter than in Oregon and the rest of the country.
7% of the state was out of work last month, down .03 since March, and a full point better that the first of the year. About 3,800 people found new jobs in April.
"The labor market is continuing to improve at a moderate but accelerating rate, somewhat faster than the nation," said Scott Bailey, a labor economist for the Employment Security Department.
The excelling industries were leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, manufacturing, and financial activities. Losses were reported in education and health services, construction, transportation, warehousing and utilities, and wholesale trade.
The unemployment rate in Washington is the lowest it has been in four and a half years. The state has regained over three-quarters of jobs that were lost during the recession.
It's estimated that around 243,000 people were unemployed and looking for work in April with nearly 131,000 getting benefits.
This compares to unemployment rates of 8% in Oregon, and 7.5% nationally.