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Arizona’s unemployment rate drops to 5.8 percent in May

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Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 5.8 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from April.

State Department of Administration officials say it marks the third consecutive month that Arizona’s jobless rate fell by at least two-tenths of a percent.

The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.5 percent in May.

Analysts say Arizona’s economy lost 10,500 non-farm jobs last month.

Across Arizona’s economy, five of the 11 sectors added jobs and six reported losses in May.

Analysts say Professional and Business Services added 2,600 jobs with Education and Health Services adding 1,100 jobs and Construction 700 jobs last month.

They say Government shed 12,200 jobs, but most were seasonal losses in state and local education. Leisure and Hospitality lost 2,500 jobs in May.

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