Jobs: Phoenix region loses professional, business service jobs but health care, manufacturing gain

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Phoenix metro area shed 6,000 private sector jobs in July, according to the latest state employment data.

Professional services led the cuts but health care and manufacturing added jobs last month and continue to show strength.

Professional and business services shed 4,300 jobs across the Phoenix metro area last month. That sector has still gained 6,000 new jobs over the last 12 months, according to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.

In contrast, health care gain 1,700 jobs during July and the industry has added 10,700 jobs in metro Phoenix the past 12 months.

Construction dropped 200 jobs across the region in July but has still added 11,900 jobs the past 12 months.

Manufacturing added 1,100 jobs last month and has added 7,500 jobs the past 12 months.

The Phoenix metro unemployment rate is 4.8 percent without seasonal adjustments. The Arizona jobless rate is 5.6 percent without seasonal adjustments and 4.9 percent considering summer and other seasonal changes to the job market.

The U.S. unemployment rate is 3.7 percent.

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