(CBS Seattle) – Washington’s unemployment rate headed back down in September, coinciding with a slight increase in the number of jobs created across the state.

Washington’s Employment Security Department’s latest report shows jobs grew by roughly 1,200 in September and the jobless rate fell from 8.6 percent to 8.5 percent.

Industries with the most estimated job gains in September were leisure and hospitality (+3,900) as well as government (+2,700). The majority of government jobs added fell in the educational sector.

Industries with seasonally adjusted job losses included manufacturing (-1,300), retail trade (-1,100) and wholesale trade (-900).

More than 3,000 unemployed workers ran out of unemployment benefits in September, bringing the total to 111,892 since extended benefits were activated in July 2008.

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