Arizona unemployment rate drops to 6.1 percent in October

Arizona unemployment rate drops to 6.1 percent in October

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in October from 6.3 percent in September as the state’s economy added 33,800 non-farm jobs, mostly in the private sector.

State Department of Administration researchers said the private sector added 30,300 jobs while government employment increased by 3,500 jobs, primarily in state and local governments.

Ten of the 11 economic sectors added jobs, led by the trade, transportation and utilities sector’s 9,800 additional jobs. Professional and business services sector added 6,300 jobs and education and health services added 5,800 jobs.

The only sector to lose jobs was natural resources and mining, which shed 400 jobs.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October 2014 was 6.6 percent.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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