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Arizona jobs clawing back toward pre-pandemic levels

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

Arizona gained 37,800 jobs in June and has recouped many of the jobs lost during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

BLS figures show Arizona’s economy has regained all but 39,200 jobs lost during the early depths of the pandemic.

The state’s workforce stood at 2,987,800 workers in February 2020.

In June, the state’s labor force was 2,948,600, according to the federal agency.

The state’s economy has gained 143,200 jobs between June 2020 and June 2021.

Arizona’s unemployment rate is 6.8%. That compares to 10.7% in June 2020. Arizona’s jobless rate is still up from pre-pandemic levels.

The state’s unemployment rate was 4.5% in February 2020 before COVID shut down much of the economy and decimated jobs in restaurants, tourism and other sectors.

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