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Arizona's Unemployment Rate Drops In November

Arizona’s unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percent last month, as the state added almost 26,000 jobs. 

The state’s unemployment rate in November was 7.8 percent. Last November, it stood at 8 percent. Almost all of the new jobs were in the private sector, with trade, transportation and utilities leading the way among the sectors the state tracks.

Economists with the Arizona Department of Administration said most of those new positions were in retail trade, as stores geared up for the holiday shopping season. Overall, nine sectors added jobs last month. Two were flat, manufacturing and natural resources and mining.

Arizona’s November unemployment rate was seven-tenths of a point higher than the national one, which was 7 percent.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.