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Jul 19, 2012 2:55 PM

Arizona job losses down in June compared to previous years

PHOENIX - In Arizona, as in the rest of the country, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent in June, for the second straight month.

Seasonal job losses in June are typical in Arizona, according to the Department of Administration's monthly employment report, but this year was milder in the past few years. The loss of private sector jobs in June 2012 has been the smallest in the last four years at just .3 percent. In June 2011, the unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in Arizona and 9.1 nationally.

As schools entered their summer vacation time, the government lost about 29,400 public education jobs at the local level, and about 9,600 at the state level. The net government job loss this June was 34,100, compared with 36,000, the average net loss over the last 10 years.

Four of the eleven major sectors added jobs (Manufacturing, Construction, Natural Resources and Mining, and Other Services), and seven lost jobs in June.

Overall, the department concludes that while Arizona typically loses jobs in June, this year had a milder loss in jobs compared to recent years.

Click here to view the complete report on the Arizona Department of Administration website.

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