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AZ Employment: Construction Gains 1,600

Credit: Arizona Department of Administration

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell again in September to 4.7 percent, down from 5.0 percent in August, according to the latest report published by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.

The national rate dropped to 4.2 percent, down from to 4.4 in August.

The state had a net gain of 36,400 non-farm jobs over the month. Most of the gains came in Government, which added 26,100. Nine of the 11 sectors tracked reported gains.

Construction statewide gained 1,600, and the sector maintains a net gain of 3,200 for the year. Total Arizona Construction jobs for the year-to-date stand at 140,600.

The Construction sector features three major segments: Buildings, Heavy, and Specialty Trades. There are currently 25,600 jobs in Buildings, down 100 from August and down 1,200 from September of last year. Heavy Construction is up 300 for the month with a total of 16,600, up 700 from last September. Specialty Trades went up 1,400 last month to 98,400, and the segment has increased 3,700 over the year.

Construction jobs in the Phoenix Metro Area (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale) increased 1,600 over the month, for a total of 109,900. The August 2016 number was 107,000.

Construction jobs in Metro Tucson were unchanged at 14,800, which is down 300 from last September.

Yuma, Flagstaff, Prescott, Lake Havasu City-Kingman and Sierra Vista-Douglas combine Construction and Natural Resources jobs in reporting their job sector totals. Yuma was unchanged at 2,200. Flagstaff dropped 100 to 2,500. Prescott lost 200, for a total of 5,000. Lake Havasu City-Kingman, with 2,500, and Sierra Vista-Douglas, at 1,300 were also unchanged.

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