Arizona jobless rate for September at 8.2 percent

Arizona jobless rate for September at 8.2 percent

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FILE - In this March 7, 2012, file photo shows job seekers standing line during the Career Expo job fair, in Portland, Ore. Employers pulled back sharply on hiring last month, a reminder that the U.S. economy may not be growing fast enough to sustain robust job growth. The unemployment rate dipped, but mostly because more Americans stopped looking for work. The Labor Department says the economy added 120,000 jobs in March, down from more than 200,000 in each of the previous three months. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 3:00 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's September unemployment dipped to 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent the two previous months.

Department of Administration economists report that the state added 30,000 jobs, mostly in government due to seasonal hiring by schools.

The department says seven of the 11 major economic sectors added jobs in September while four lost jobs.

The biggest job gains in September were recorded in education and health services and in leisure and hospitality. The sectors with the biggest job losses were construction and financial activities.

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