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Arizona's Unemployment Higher

 
Posted July 17th, 2014 @ 4:23pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent in June, up from 6.8 percent the month before.

State economists said Thursday that by comparison, Arizona's jobless rate was 8.1 percent a year ago.

The national unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in June.

According to state economists, five of the 11 major sectors added jobs and six reported losses over the month.

Arizona lost 39,500 non-farm jobs in June. Losses were primarily in government, which shed 36,000 jobs.

Professional and business services added 3,900 jobs, financial activities gained 2,200 jobs and manufacturing added 900 jobs.

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