The state Employment Security Department says a recent job vacancies survey shows that employment conditions are gradually improving.
In April, job vacancies in Washington reached their highest point in three years, according to the new state report.
An estimated 60,087 jobs were available, an increase of 55 percent from a year earlier and nearly double the number that existed in spring 2009.
The last time the survey showed a larger number of vacancies was in spring 2008, when there were nearly 75,000 job vacancies.
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"In order for unemployment to come down, we need more jobs and more hiring," said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. "This survey shows that employment conditions are gradually improving."