The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate. In July, an average 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington State's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.
Even so, warning lights are flashing.
The state added an estimated 7,300 jobs in July, and June's report of 9,100 new jobs was revised upward to 13,600 jobs. The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area boasts our state's lowest jobless rate at 4.7 percent.