Arizona unemployment rate for May hits 8.2 percent

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's unemployment rate jumped by a half-percentage point in May as nearly all the state's economic sectors recorded job losses.

The Department of Commerce reported Thursday that the state's unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent, up from 7.7 percent in April.

Overall, the state lost 21,300 nonfarm jobs in May, with about 90 percent of those in service-providing industries.

One sector, business and professional services, lost 9,600 jobs, close to half of the total. The Commerce Department attributed much of those losses to the end of the tax-filing season.

Governments also lost 5,500 jobs in May, with temporary U.S. Census positions accounting for much of the 2,300-job drop in federal employment.

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