Nearly 120K non-farms Arizona jobs projected by end of 2016

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona is projected to gain nearly 120,000 non-farm jobs by the end of 2016.

That's according to a state employment forecast released Thursday by the Arizona Department of Administration.

Analysts say an over-the-year gain of 56,600 is projected for this year and another 63,100 jobs next year.

That represents a growth rate of 4.7 percent.

All major sectors of the Arizona economy are projected to gain jobs.

Education and health services are expected to add nearly 30,000 jobs by the end of 2016. That's the most of any sector.