Arizona’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.8 percent and the state added 31,600 jobs in October, according to a monthly employment report.
The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity reported the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went from 4.9 percent in September to 4.8 percent in October. The national unemployment rate is at 3.6 percent, up one percent from the previous month.
Most of the 31,600 non-farm jobs added were in trade, transportation, and utilities (9,000 jobs), professional and business services (6,100 jobs), leisure and hospitality (5,600 jobs), and education and health services (4,000 jobs).
Arizona added 72,200 non-farm jobs over the year as of October, a 2.5 percent increase, the report said.
“Under Governor Doug Ducey's leadership, our strong economic momentum continues,” Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Sandra Watson said in a tweet.
Arizona and its Phoenix metro area have seen strong growth “partly due to its low state tax burden.” Ducey has said since 2015, the state has added 300,000 jobs.