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Unemployment makes slight uptick to 3.9% in Arizona in October

Unemployment in Arizona made a slight uptick from 3.7% in September to 3.9% in October. That however is the same rate the state saw last October.

Doug Walls with the state Office of Economic Opportunity said though the unemployment rate went up, so did the hiring rate as it jumped nearly a full percentage point between August and September.

He said that trend shows that employers are still looking for workers.

"Generally, you'll see a higher quits rate in times of economic prosperity or when individuals feel that they have options in terms of the job market. And they might be leaving one job to go to another job that has more flexible hours, more in line with their career path or has more competitive wages," Walls said.

The majority of the state’s hiring was seen in the hospitality sector as bars and restaurants added about 9,100 jobs this year. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.