Arizona's unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent for the third straight month in June, and the numbers showed good signs, state officials reported Thursday.
That is the same as the national unemployment rate, which has been unchanged for two months.
The state Office of Employment and Population Statistics said in its monthly report that the state had 57,300 more jobs than in June 2011. That was the biggest year-over gain in 19 months, the report said.
Arizona's seasonal job losses were typical for June, in education, government and tourism, the report said.
"Seasonal over‐the‐month losses in Arizona total nonfarm employment for June were the lowest since 2008," the report said. "Although seasonal job losses are typical for Arizona in June, the loss this June was milder than what has been observed in recent years. ."
Job growth for then month came in the miscellaneous "other services" category, construction, manufacturing and mining.