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Whatcom County unemployment rate falls to lowest level in six years

Whatcom County’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in more than six years as employment grew significantly in the construction and transportation sectors.

The local unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in April, the lowest since November 2008, according to data from the Washington State Employment Security Department. Last month 5,540 people were actively seeking work, which is the lowest level since October 2008.

Last month’s tally of people actively seeking work is down from the recession peak of 11,250 in February 2010.

The trade, transportation and utility sector added 1,000 people in the past year, while construction added 900, according to the data. Retail trade was up 600 people, while the manufacturing sector added 400 people. The only category posting a decline in employment in the past year was leisure/hospitality, which was down 400 people.