By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Seasonally adjusted unemployment ticked up 0.2 percent in July, up to 6.1 percent. Net job josses were 7,200, nearly all of which were seasonal.
The national rate held steady from June to July at 5.3.
The vast majority of Arizona job loses came from the Government sector as 13,500 jobs were shed. 95 percent (12,900) of lost Government jobs were in the Local Government Education segment, a number nearly identical to last July (12,700).
Leisure & Hospitality job losses were 2,200, following a June loss of 6,500 as hotels, restaurants and other businesses continued to adjust for fewer visitors in summer.
As in June, the biggest gains were in Professional & Business Services, which added 3,700 for the month.
Construction added 1,100 in July, compared to 900 in June. Over the past year, Arizona has added a net total of 67,600 jobs, 5,300 of which have been in construction.
The Construction sector features three major segments: Buildings, Heavy, and Specialty Trades. There are currently 24,400 jobs in Buildings, up 600 from June and 1,700 from July 2014. Heavy Construction added 100 jobs from June to July for a total of 16,300, and down 100 from July of last year. At 89,700, Specialty Trades gained 400 jobs from June to July, an increase of 3,700 from last July.
Construction jobs in the Phoenix Metro Area (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale) dipped slightly over the month, dropping from 102,300 to 102,000.
Metro Tucson added 400 Construction jobs, for a total of 15,200.
Yuma, Flagstaff, Prescott, Lake Havasu City-Kingman, and Sierra Vista-Douglas combine Construction and Natural Resources jobs in reporting their job sector totals.
In July, Yuma jobs in the sector went up to 2,300 from 2,200. Flagstaff held steady at 2,200. Prescott lost 100 to end up at 4,500. The Lake Havasu-Kingman area also lost 100, down to 2,500, and Sierra Vista-Douglas held at 1,100 month over month.