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Jun 16, 4:11 PM EDT

Arizona unemployment rate increases to 5.6 percent in May


PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona's unemployment rate is up slightly for the second consecutive month.

The state Department of Administration reports that May's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, up from 5.5 percent in April. The rate was at 5.4 percent in March after being at 5.5 percent in February and 5.6 in January.

A year ago, Arizona's unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.

The department says the state's economy lost 19,400 nonfarm jobs in May.

Seven economic sectors lost jobs, three sectors added jobs and one remained unchanged.

The sector adding the most jobs was Manufacturing with 2,100 jobs. Construction added 1,500 jobs and Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 800 jobs.

Government lost 13,100 jobs for the biggest decrease. Professional and Business Services lost 5,400 jobs while Leisure and Hospitality lost 2,700 jobs.

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