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Best cities to find work in Washington state

Job Dissatisfaction Bob Rosner Workplace 911SAN FRANCISCO — New numbers from the Labor Department show the unemployment rate went down a tenth of a percent, from 7.3 to 7.2 in the month of September. Only 148,000 jobs were added over the month. For people still looking for work, location may play an important role.

A new survey by Nerdwallet.com found Lake Stevens was the best city in Washington to find a job. According to the study, the Snohomish County community saw a 50% growth between 2009 and 2012. It boasts a 3.7% unemployment rate with the median household income at $73,128.

Issaquah came in second on the best cities list. Households there earn a median income of $87, 038 and the city has a 3.5% unemployment rate. Some of the top companies there include Costco, Microsoft and Spacelabs Healthcare.

Marysville rounded out the top three. The Snohomish County community has seen a 43% growth between 2009-2012, with a jobless rate under 5%. The other cities rounding out the top ten:

4. Sammamish

5. Renton

6. Burien

7. Redmond

8. Kent

9. Kirkland

10. Bothell

According to Nerdwallet, the rankings were dependent on population growth, median household incomes, homeowner costs and unemployment rates.

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