Arizona’s private sector added 5,000 jobs in May, with manufacturing, administrative support and restaurants accounting for the gains, according new state labor numbers.
The state’s unemployment rate went from 9.3 percent in April down to 9.1 percent in May, according to the state Office of Employment and Population Statistics. Arizona’s jobless rate was 10 percent in May 2010, according to the state agency.
The Valley accounted 2,100 of the new jobs in May, while 1,800 new private sector positions were added in Tucson. Phoenix’s unemployment rate is down to 8 percent from 8.1 percent in April, according OEPS.
With schools and colleges out of session, government jobs in Arizona decreased 2,800 positions. Similar to the national trend, the jobs picture in Arizona is mixed with some employers still reticent to make new hires, some workers taking part-time jobs when they’d prefer full-time work and some industries still losing positions
Administrative and support staff positions added 4,900 jobs statewide last month while manufacturing and restaurants gained 1,400 and 1,600 jobs, respectively. But those gains were offset by job reductions in the professional services field (2,700 lost jobs), hospitals (200 lost jobs) and retail (300 job reductions). In the end, the state netted 2,200 new jobs in May after the decrease in government jobs offsets the overall private sector gains.
Source: Business Journal