Arizona’s June unemployment rate inches up two-tenths of a percentage in June. The Department of Administration says 39,000 jobs disappeared in June. And although it’s the third month in a row of increasing joblessness, ADOA Research Administrator Doug Walls says, you need to look at the

bigger picture: compared with the 39,000 jobs lost over last month, 81,000 jobs were also added over the year. He also says this June snapshot shows a weaker over-the-month non-farm job employment loss, combined with” stronger gains in sectors that were reporting employment gains”. He says growth was reported in 8 of 11 sectors.

Educational jobs took the biggest nose dive as school let out for the summer, but Walls notes, that’s seasonal in nature. Flagstaff and Prescott saw seasonal job gains in June.

–Barbara Villa