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Updated Jan 17, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Arizona jobless rate for Dec. rises to 7.9 percent

PHOENIX — Arizona’s unemployment rate is up, rising from 7.8 percent in
November to 7.9 percent in December.

Department of Administration economists said job gains in the private sector
were outpaced by job losses in the public sector.

The department said six economic sectors gained jobs while five others lost
jobs.

The leisure and hospitality sector had the biggest increase with 1,300
additional jobs, followed by education and health services with 1,100 additional
jobs.

The government sector lost 1,700 jobs.

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