Washington's biggest employer, The Boeing Co., says its statewide employment is down only fractionally since the end of last year.
New figures show Boeing’s Washington work force was 72,077 on June 24. That’s down just 275 people from Dec. 31, 2009.
Boeing plans to increase production rates for its 777, 747 and 737 airplanes.
The 777 and the 747 are built in Boeing’s Everett plant. The 737 is built in Renton.