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Halloween Sales Help Boost Arizona Job Growth In October

Arizona’s jobless rate dropped a tenth of a point last month to a seasonally adjusted employment rate of 4.8%.

That includes 30,100 new jobs in October, said Doug Walls with the Office of Economic Opportunity.

Among the job sectors that hired were financial entities, construction, furniture and clothing retailers, as well as Halloween and party rentals.

"You know, costume rental, formal wear, it's a big business in October,” he said.

Notably, Walls said, there were 4,300 new hires at Arizona restaurants.

That was despite the state’s minimum wage hike earlier in the year to from $10.50 to $11 an hour.

Overall, wages throughout the Arizona economy are up 4.1% since the last year compared with 3% nationally.

That involves more than just a higher minimum wage. Walls said it's reflective of the state's improving economy, with jobs being created as fast as people enter the workforce.

"Overall, when you're seeing employment growth, wages tend to follow that if the workforce availability is scarcer,'' he said.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.