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Stimulus Money Paying Off in Washington State

August 19, 2009

Washington so far has led all other states in creating or preserving jobs with federal stimulus money for infrastructure projects, according to a Reuters report this week.

In its own report, the Washington state Department of Transportation said work created by stimulus-funded infrastructure projects doubled between May and June. Payroll data from state and local contractors showed 58,000 work hours on transportation projects in June, up from 29,000 in May, according to WSDOT.

The state's data showed 1,811 workers had been hired in June, up from 850 the prior month. Workers earned an average of $38 per hour. The total payroll was $3.89 million from April through June, according to WSDOT's Web site.

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[From Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

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