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Washington state ranks high when it comes to residents holding multiple jobs

Washington state is one of those places where plenty of residents are juggling multiple jobs.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor, 5.9 percent of employed Washington state residents held two or more jobs at the same time in 2013. That's up from 5.7 percent in 2012 and well above the national average of 4.9 percent.

Washington was somewhat high in the west, but the Midwest had some of the highest multiple jobholding percentages in the U.S. South Dakota topped the list at a whopping 8.9 percent. Florida had the lowest, at 3.4 percent.

Economists have been studying this phenomenon to understand what this means. Many note that states with the highest rates of people holding multiple jobs tend to have the lowest unemployment rates. Here's a link to an interesting article that sums up some other factors.