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Wash. loses 18,000 jobs in September, mostly government

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state lost more than 18,000 jobs in September, driven mostly by cuts in government.

The numbers released Wednesday mark the first time in a year that the state recorded a loss in jobs. The number of positions had been steadily increasing by a few thousand each month.

Government recorded a drop of nearly 11,000 jobs in the month. The leisure and hospitality sector lost more than 3,000 jobs while construction also saw steep reductions.

The figures seemed to run counter to the jobless rate, which fell from 9.3 percent to 9.1 percent in September. The numbers are produced from two different surveys. Officials say it's likely that the statistics will eventually be revised to narrow the gap.

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