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Arizona employers lost 44,600 in the month of June, but the unemployment rate stayed the same as the previous month at 4.9 percent, a state agency said.

Arizona’s Office of Economic Opportunity released its June employment report on Thursday. 

The state’s unemployment rate for June was 4.9 percent, unchanged from the same rate in May, the office said. The rate means 170,804 individuals in the state remain unemployed.

In June of last year, the state’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. Arizona’s unemployment is also higher than the national rate, which was at 3.7 percent in June.

The state lost 44,600 non-farm jobs in June, with 41,800 being in the government sector and 2,800 in the private sector.

Despite the job losses in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday that Arizona had the second-largest percentage gain (2.8 percent) in employment from June 2018 to June 2019.

“Arizona’s booming economy has made our state a jobs juggernaut, delivering more jobs, bigger paychecks and greater opportunities for all,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement on the BLS report. “This success didn’t happen by accident. It’s thanks to the hard work of employees, job creators and entrepreneurs and Arizona’s pro-business policies, low taxes and light regulations.”

BLS said Arizona has added over 80,000 jobs since June of last year.

Earlier this month, BLS said the Phoenix metro area had the largest percentage employment increase in the nation in 2018.

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.