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Arizona’s unemployment rate rises to 8 percent

In this Thursday, April 11, 2013 photo, people wait in line before the Dr. King Career Fair at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, N.Y. U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than first thought, the Labor Department reports, Friday, May 3, 2013. The gains trimmed the unemployment rate to a four-year low of 7.5 percent. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Arizona’s unemployment rate has inched up to 8 percent.

State Department of Administration economists reported Thursday that the jobless rate rose by two-tenths of a percentage point from May to June.

A year ago, Arizona’s unemployment rate was 8.4 percent.

Economists say six of the 11 major sectors in Arizona lost jobs last month.

The state reported a net loss of 43,500 nonfarm jobs in June. A majority of those were within government, which lost 42,500 jobs.

Economists say the losses were typical this time of the year due to scaling back in employment for summer within local and state public education.

Trade, transportation and utilities reported the largest gain of 3,100 jobs.

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