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AZ Unemployment Dips, Const. Up 600 Jobs

Courtesy of Arizona Department of Administration

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percent in December to 4.8, according to a recent report published by the Arizona Department of Administration Office of Employment and Population Statistics.

The national rate rose to 4.7 percent, up from 4.6 in November.

The state had a net gain of 6,300 non-farm jobs over the month. Most gains were in Professional & Business Services, which added 6,700. Overall, the private sector gained 10,900 jobs. Six of the 11 sectors tracked gains, while five lost.

Construction saw the job gains at 600, and the sector had an overall year-over-year net gain of 6,300. Total statewide Construction jobs for the year-to-date stand at 136,300.

The Construction sector features three major segments: Buildings, Heavy, and Specialty Trades. There are currently 26,000 jobs in Buildings, up 600 from November and 6,300 from last December. Heavy Construction lost 200 from November for a total of 16,000, up 300 from last year. Specialty Trades gained 1,000 over the month to 94,300, and the segment posted an increase of 2,900 over the year.

Construction jobs in the Phoenix Metro Area (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale) went up 700 over the month, for a total of 107,000. The December 2015 number was 101,200.

Construction jobs in Metro Tucson dropped 200 to 13,900.

Yuma, Flagstaff, Prescott, Lake Havasu City-Kingman, and Sierra Vista-Douglas combine Construction and Natural Resources jobs in reporting their job sector totals. Yuma at 2,400, Flagstaff at 2,200, Lake Havasu-Kingman at 2,300, and Sierra Vista-Douglas at 1,200 were all unchanged. Prescott lost 100, down to 4,700.

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