Ariz. unemployment rate declines to 8.1 percent

Ariz. unemployment rate dips to 8.1 percent in October; state records below-average jobs gain

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down again, declining to 8.1 percent in October.

September's rate was 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent the previous two months.

Department of Administration economists say the state gained 11,900 jobs in October. The increase is lower than the 10-average October increase of 16,900 jobs.

Both government and private sectors had below-average gains. Of the 11 economic sectors, six added jobs, four lost jobs and one remained unchanged.

The biggest gain was recorded by the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which added 4,900 jobs. That sector typically adds jobs this time of year as retailers prepare for the upcoming holiday season.

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