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Updated Nov 21, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Arizona unemployment rate dips slightly in October

PHOENIX — Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has improved
slightly.

The state Department of Administration reported that the October jobless rate
was 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent in September.

According to the report, the state added 14,200 nonfarm jobs in
October, an increase slightly less than the post-recession average monthly gain
of 16,300 jobs.

The department said a large majority of October’s job gains were in the private
sector as seven economic sectors added jobs, three sectors recorded losses and
one was flat over the month.

The sector with the biggest gain was education and health services with 4,000
additional jobs. The sector losing the most jobs was construction, which shed
2,500 jobs.

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