Arizona's unemployment rate drops in September

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped two-tenths of a percent as the state's economy added thousands of jobs, mostly in government but also in construction.

The September rate was 9.1 percent, down from 9.3 percent in August and from 9.8 percent in September 2010.

State Department of Administration economists report that back-to-school hiring was the big factor at play as government provided about 84 percent of the 26,100 new jobs.

Construction was the sector with the next biggest job gain, adding 3,700 jobs.

Arizona's construction industry was hit by the recession and remains well below peak unemployment levels. However, the sector has now seen seven consecutive months of job gains.

Overall, five of the 11 major sectors added jobs while six had losses.