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.