FILE - Phoenix skyline at dusk

Phoenix Arizona with its downtown lit by the last rays of sun at the dusk.

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.

Phoenix has been ranked one of the top cities for “million-dollar companies,” and the state ranked fourth for most economic momentum, according to State Policy Reports.


Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.