November 19, 2020 / Modified nov 20, 2020 1:53 p.m.

Arizona unemployment grows for 2nd month in a row

The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national average.

unemployment office sign An unemployment insurance claims office.
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Arizona’s unemployment rate increased to 8% in October, according to the state Office of Economic Opportunity.

October’s increase was the second month in a row that unemployment grew in Arizona. The latest increase was a 1.5% jump over September. Arizona’s unemployment rate is higher than the national average which is 6.9%.

Arizona lost nearly 74,000 jobs in October, nearly 50,000 of those losses came in the leisure and hospitality sector. That sector has seen a 14.6 % loss year over year, according to the Office of Economic Opportunity.

Pima County’s unemployment rate in October was 7.9%. The unemployment rate for Cochise County for the same time was 6.6%.

Last week, more than 345,000 Arizona residents received some form of unemployment compensation, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

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