April 3, 2012
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State, national, local rate still unchanged, despite Arizona’s surge in jobs last month
We’re, so, well — normal. Gila County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 10.5 percent in February, as did the state and national rates. The rate didn’t budge statewide despite the creation of 29,000 new, non-farm jobs in February, indicating people are rejoining the labor force. The largest gains statewide showed up in leisure and hospitality (7,100), government (14,400) and professional services (5,700). Construction remained the weakest sector, losing another 900 jobs statewide.