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State Capitol News
7:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Arizona's Unemployment Rate Drops To 6 Percent

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 Capitol News
12:56 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

State Unemployment Drops Amid Mixed Economic Outlook

Arizona's leisure and hospitality sector added 9,000 jobs in February, a particular bright spot in Arizona's economy.

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.

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State Capitol News
1:28 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

State's Joblesss Rate Up Slightly

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.

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State Capitol News
3:17 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

AZ Unemployment Numbers Drop Again

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

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State Capitol News
1:57 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

New Report Predicts Job Growth in Upcoming Year

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.

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State Capitol News
4:23 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Good and Bad News of AZ's Jobless Rates

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.

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State Capitol News
2:16 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

State Unemployment Numbers Continue to Improve

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.

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State Capitol News
3:20 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

State's Unemployment Rate Remains Steady

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

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