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Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from March.

The national unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.4 percent in April.

The state Department of Administration says Arizona's economy gained 2,200 non-farm jobs last month.

Across Arizona's economy, seven of the 11 sectors added jobs and four reported losses in April.

Analysts say Professional and Business Services added 3,300 jobs with Government adding 1,900 jobs and Construction 1,300 jobs last month.

State Unemployment Drops Amid Mixed Economic Outlook

Mar 27, 2014

The state’s jobless rate dropped by two-tenths of a point last month. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports the economic outlook is far more mixed.

State's Joblesss Rate Up Slightly

Jan 17, 2013

New figures from the Department of Administration put the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December at 7.9 percent. That's up a tenth of a point from November.

AZ Unemployment Numbers Drop Again

Dec 20, 2012

The state's jobless rate last month dropped to its lowest level in four years.

New Report Predicts Job Growth in Upcoming Year

Nov 1, 2012

It doesn't match the boom years of the last decade. But a new report today predicts the state will add close to 61,000 jobs this coming year.

Good and Bad News of AZ's Jobless Rates

Aug 16, 2012

The state's jobless rate jumped a bit last month. But that may hide some of the good news.

On paper, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 8.3 percent. And the number of people working last month was less than in June. But economist Aruna Murthy of the state Department of Administration said Arizona always loses jobs in July. More to the point, the losses this year were only half as much as what usually happens. What also is significant is this is the fifth month in a row where the year-over-year growth in private sector employment is higher than 2 percent.

State Unemployment Numbers Continue to Improve

Mar 8, 2012

The state's jobless rate dropped three-tenths of a point in January for the month before. 

The 8.7 percent unemployment rate announced by the Department of Administration is the same rate officials had said was the figure for December. But since that time, the statistics have been through an annual benchmarking revision. So, as of now, the official state rate for December is not 8.7 percent but 9 percent. Aruna Murthy, the agency's director of economic analysis, said such adjustments are inevitable.

State's Unemployment Rate Remains Steady

Jan 19, 2012

The state's unemployment rate remained steady last month amid lackluster job growth in the private sector. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.