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Federal shutdown delays Arizona’s jobless numbers

PHOENIX — There’s another casualty of the federal government partial
shutdown: Arizona’s unemployment numbers.

The state Department of Administration was scheduled to announce the jobless
rate for September on Thursday but the department’s director of economic analysis said the shutdown in
Washington has left her staff without numbers to report.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics didn’t release the monthly Employment
Situation Report as scheduled Oct. 4.

That means the Arizona labor force and industry employment data for September
has been delayed until further notice.

Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent in August.
The July seasonally adjusted rate was 8 percent.

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