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Report: Arizona jobless rate drops to 8.2 percent

In this April 24, 2012, file photo, job seeker Alan Shull attends a job fair in Portland, Ore. The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked down last week after dropping sharply the previous week, evidence hiring could pick up this month. Weekly applications dropped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000 in the week ending May 5, the Labor Department said Thursday, May 10, 2012. The previous week's figure was revised up slightly. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Arizona’s unemployment rate is down slightly due to growth in professional and business services and a drop in people looking for work.

The state Department of Administration reports the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April dropped to 8.2 percent, down from 8.6 percent in March.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was down to 8.1 percent, a tenth of a percentage point from March.

Arizona’s economy added 9,300 non-farm jobs in April, with 84 percent of them coming from the private sector.

Seven of the 11 major economic sectors posted gains throughout April. Professional and business services was the sector with the biggest employment gain, an increase of 3,600 jobs.

Trade, transportation and utilities posted above average gains for April with 2,800 jobs. Construction had the next biggest gain with 1,900 jobs.

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