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AZ Nov. Unemployment Dips; Const. Gains 1000

Courtesy of Arizona Department of Administration

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell again in November to 4.3 percent, down from 4.5 percent in October, according to the latest report published by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.

The national rate remained steady 4.1 percent.

The state had a net gain of 29,500 non-farm jobs over the month. Most of the gains came in Trade, Transportation & Utilities, which added 15,300. Ten of the 11 sectors tracked reported gains, with only Information staying unchanged. Construction added 1,000, and Natural Resources & Mining added 100.

Construction maintains a net gain of 8,300 for the year. Total Arizona Construction jobs for the year-to-date stand at 142,200.

The Construction sector features three major segments: Buildings, Heavy, and Specialty Trades. There are currently 25,400 jobs in Buildings, down 200 from October and down 1,000 from November of last year. Heavy Construction is up 200 for the month with a total of 17,000, up 1,200 from last November. Specialty Trades added 1,000 last month to 99,800, and the segment has increased 8,100 over the year.

Construction jobs in the Phoenix Metro Area (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale) were unchanged over the month, for a total of 112,800. The November 2016 number was 104,200.

In Metro Tucson construction job numbers dropped 100 to 14,900, which is also down 100 from last November.

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 last month at 2,300. Flagstaff dropped 100, for a total of 2,500. Prescott was unchanged at 5,200, as were Lake Havasu City-Kingman, with 2,500, and Sierra Vista-Douglas, with 1,300.

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