- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s unemployment rate is up slightly.

The Department of Administration reports that April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, up from 5.4 percent in March.

The department says the state’s economy added 7,500 nonfarm jobs over the month, but the gain is less than the post-recession average increase for April of 8,700 jobs.

Five economic sectors added jobs, five lost jobs and one remained unchanged.

The sector adding the most jobs was Professional and Business Services with 6,800 more jobs. Manufacturing lost 1,700 jobs for the biggest decrease.


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