- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s unemployment rate has gone up again.

The state Department of Administration announced Thursday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July was 6 percent. That’s up from 5.8 percent in June and 5.6 percent in May.

The department says the state’s economy lost 14,800 nonfarm jobs in July. The decrease was smaller than the post-recession average loss of 23,500 jobs.

During July, three of the 11 economic sectors added jobs while eight sectors lost jobs.

The biggest gains were recorded by construction with 2,200 jobs and professional and business services with 1,900 more jobs.

The biggest losses were recorded in government shedding 10,300 jobs and leisure and hospitality, down 3,400 jobs.

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