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Arizona unemployment rises to 4.5 percent in December

Arizonaai??i??s unemployment rate is rising.

The Department of Administrationai??i??s economic research staff reported that the stateai??i??s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.5 percent in December from 4.3 percent in November.

The rate was 5 percent a year ago.

The researchersai??i?? monthly report released today said Arizonaai??i??s economy added 5,700 nonfarm jobs in December for a gain that was slightly less than the average of 6,000 jobs since after the Great Recession.

Increases in private sector employment accounted for the jobs gain.

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