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The unemployment rate in Washington state held steady at 5.8 percent for the fourth consecutive month in March. But in its latest jobs report out Wednesday, the state employment department reported steady hiring across most of the economy.

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If you think the economy is getting stronger, it's not your imagination.

Washington state’s unemployment rate has dropped again, to 5.4 percent.

That’s a level not seen since before the 2008 financial crisis, and it’s slightly better than the US unemployment rate.

Paul Turek is the state’s labor economist.

He says though the jobless rate is good, it is still not where we were in the boom times before the recession.

According to the monthly update released Wednesday by Washington's Employment Security Department, the state’s unemployment rate stayed flat in February.