Arizona’s jobless rate drops to 5% amidst robust hiring

By Betty Beard | TucsonSentinel.com

Arizona’s unemployment rate dipped to 5 percent in March from 5.1 percent in February as 2017 continued to bring robust hiring in the state, particularly at restaurants and bars.

About 20,000 new people got jobs in each of the first three months of the year, compared with about 5,000 per month in the first quarter of 2016, said Doug Walls, research administrator at the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.

“As the unemployment rate reaches almost a decades-low level, we are seeing individuals more optimistic about their chances of getting into the labor force and obtaining employment,” he said.

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