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Arizona unemployment rate steady at 9.6 percent

Arizona’s unemployment rate remained flat at 9.6 percent in July.

The Arizona Department of Commerce released the seasonally adjusted rate for total non-farm employment on Thursday.

The report show employers eliminated a net 16,000 jobs during July, most of them in the government sector as the federal government lays off Census workers and local schools take a summer break.

But economic analysis director Aruna Murthy says Arizona historically loses jobs in July, and this year’s 0.7 percent job-loss rate is smaller than the 10-year average of 1.2 percent for the month.

Five sectors created jobs during July, led by professional and business services with 3,500 new positions.

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