By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in April at 5.0, according to a recent report published by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.
The national rate improved to 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 in March.
The state had a net gain of 10,100 non-farm jobs over the month. Most gains were in Government, which added 2,600. Overall, the private sector gained 7,500. Nine of the 11 sectors tracked saw gains. Natural Resources and Mining lost 100, and Professional and Business Services fell 700.
Construction gained 2,300, and the sector has an overall net gain of 5,700 for the year. Total statewide Construction jobs for the year-to-date stand at 139,000.
The Construction sector features three major segments: Buildings, Heavy, and Specialty Trades. There are currently 25,700 jobs in Buildings, down 100 from March but up 200 from April of last year. Heavy Construction is also up 100 for the month with a total of 15,700, down 200 from last year. Specialty Trades gained 2,300 over the month to 97,600, and the segment has increased 5,700 over the year.
Construction jobs in the Phoenix Metro Area (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale) increased 2,000 over the month, for a total of 109,200. The April 2016 number was 103,700.
Construction jobs in Metro Tucson increased 100 to 15,000.
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 added 100 to 2,400. Prescott added 200, up to 5,100. Lake Havasu-Kingman was up 100 to at 2,500, and Sierra Vista-Douglas remained unchanged at 1,300.