/ Modified apr 14, 2016 1:17 p.m.

Arizona Unemployment Down for Third Straight Month

Arizona adds jobs, sees joblessness shrink to 5.4 percent.

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Arizona's unemployment rate continued a downward trend in March, dropping 0.1 percentage points to 5.4 percent.

The state's employment market added 12,200 jobs, all of which came in the private sector.

The head of the team that assembles the monthly report said the report is a positive one.

“We are seeing the employment side of the economy start to pick up," said Doug Walls, the state's director of economic analysis. "This is the ninth consecutive month of over-the-year growth above 3 percent for the private industry.”

In the past year, Arizona has added 86,000 non-farm jobs, all of which came in the private sector.

The only sectors to lose jobs in that time are government (-1,700 jobs) and natural resources and mining (-1,100 jobs).

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