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Arizona jobless rate rises again

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The state’s jobless rate shot up for the fourth month in a row.

New figures released this morning show the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July hit 6.0 percent. That’s up two tenths of a percent from June.

But this appears to becoming a trend.

The May jobless rate was 5.6 percent. And it was just 5.4 percent the month before that.

More to the point, the unemployment rate is back up to where it was a year ago.

The unemployment rate is based on a survey of households asking people whether they’re working or not and, if not, whether they are actively looking for employment.

A separate survey of private sector employers shows they shed 4,500 private workers between June and July. That puts total private sector employment at 2.28 million, which is still 76,800 higher than the prior July.

But the higher unemployment rate means that the number of jobs created is not keeping up with the number of Arizonans who want work.

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