"The effects of September 11 were not fully captured in ourstate's labor market data," Mundy said in a news release. "TheOctober data, however, is expected to reveal the unfolding effectsof its aftermath, particularly at the national level."

Washington's total nonfarm wage and salary employment grew16,100 or 0.6% in September, matching the growth rate from the sameperiod last year. Government (+18,400) and services (+3,200) werethe strongest performers. Government gains were primarily driven bya 17,500 increase in state and local education as the school yeargot underway.

Services was buoyed by gains in virtually all sectors,particularly in private educational services (+4,400),healthservices (+700), and business services (+600). Hotels and lodging,however, was down 1,200.Construction was down 400 with most of thatloss coming from special trade contracting. Transportation,communications and utilities was up 700. Finance, insurance andreal estate was down 300, almost all on the finance side(-400).

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