/ Modified jan 19, 2018 9:39 a.m.

Arizona Unemployment Ends Year Above National Average

The state also added to its labor force over the year.

Arizona jobs unemployment hero Unemployment in Arizona is generally higher than the national average. (PHOTO: AZPM Staff)

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At 4.5 percent, Arizona's unemployment picture ended the year above the national average, according to the state's monthly report.

Doug Walls, research administrator for the Office of Economic Opportunity, said the number of workers around the state is growing.

"We also saw positive change in labor force, up 2.4 percent over the year," Walls said, "adding nearly 80,000 individuals into the labor force."

The manufacturing and construction sectors recorded strong growth last month.

The unemployment rate in Arizona is two-tenths of a percent higher than that of the national average.

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