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AZ Adds Construction Jobs in September

Graph credit: Arizona Department of Administration

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in September at 6.3 percent.

The national rate was also unchanged from the previous month at 5.1.

The state had a net gain of 28,800 jobs over the month, mostly in the Government sector at 28,300. Net gains in the private sector totaled on 500, down from the post-recession (2010-2014) average gain of 3,100. Leisure and Hospitality had the second highest gain at 3,100.

Financial Activities added 400 and Other Services increased 200. In all, 5 of the 11 sectors tracked by the state Department of Administration posted gains.

The largest losses occurred in Manufacturing, down 1,700, and Professional & Business Services, which lost 1,100. In August Professional & Business Services had dropped 3,500.

Construction gained 1,600 for the month, and the sector has added a total of 7,600 for the year to date.

The Construction sector features three major segments: Buildings, Heavy, and Specialty Trades. There are currently 24,400 jobs in Buildings, down 200 from August but up 1,900 from September 2014. Heavy Construction added 200 from August for a total of 16,300, down 100 from September of last year. Specialty Trades added 1200 over the month to 90,700, an increase of 5,800 from this time last year.

Construction jobs in the Phoenix Metro Area (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale) added 900 over the month, reaching 102,500. In September 2014 the number was 94,600.

Metro Tucson dropped to 14,700, a loss of 100.

Yuma, Flagstaff, Prescott, Lake Havasu City-Kingman, and Sierra Vista-Douglas combine Construction and Natural Resources jobs in reporting their job sector totals. Yuma remained unchanged at 2,300. Flagstaff dropped 100 to 2,100. Prescott gained 100 to settle at 4,600. Lake Havasu-Kingman had 2,500, and Sierra Vista-Douglas had 1,000, both of which were unchanged for the month.

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