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Arizona unemployment rate remains at 9.4 percent

Job seekers search for jobs at WorkSource Oregon Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in Tualatin, Ore. The nation's economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Job seekers search for jobs at WorkSource Oregon Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in Tualatin, Ore. The nation's economy added 103,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Arizona’s unemployment rate remains at 9.4 percent after adding a modest 3,400 jobs in December.

The job gain is just a tenth of a percentage point, but the Department of Commerce says it departs from losses recorded in the past two Decembers.

The department says the state’s December job gains before the recession typically amounted to half a percentage point. That indicates the state economy’s job growth is not back to pre-recession levels.

The department’s monthly report says the private sector added 7,000 jobs in December while government lost 3,600, with most of those in local public education due to holiday breaks.

On the flip side, the sector that includes retail trade had the biggest gain. Retail trade added 4,000 jobs due to seasonal hiring.

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2 comments

  1. I have never written a blog before but when I heard what the Arizona Legislation
    is doing in regards to this Unemployment situation I just had to chime in.

    I’m neither a Republican nor a Demarcate and yes I have a job

    My main reason for writing is I hope some reporter who has a back bone
    will pick up on this blog because it is something I have not read or heard anywhere
    does anybody remember a few months ago When the Federal Government voted
    on extending Unemployment it was only passed due to the republicans getting what they wanted? Very large tax breaks for the rich while holding the unemployed hostage until they got it when it finally passed? The federal government told the states to change there state’s Look Back Formula from 3 years to 2 years to be eligible.

    Now with that being said Arizonans Republicans refused to make the one word change during there regular session and now Jan Brewer has called for a one day special session to address this issue and this issue alone. And now again the republicans are holding the unemployed hostage again until they Get more tax breaks for there rich friends again.

    Does anybody understand what is going on here? They are getting two bites at the apple.
    It was the Republicans who created the unemployed in the first place (by sending there friend’s companies over seas to avoid taxes). And to use the now unemployed as pawns for there own political global agenda.
    Why have I not seen or heard any thing about this by anyone?

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