After climbing for the previous two months, Arizona's unemployment rate dropped from 9.4 percent to 9.3 percent during August. Despite that decrease, however, the state's unemployment rate was still higher than the national average at the time of 9.1 percent.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Arizona employed a total of 2,408,400 workers during August, which is up from 2,393,000 workers during July and a 1.7 percent increase from last year.
The healthcare industry continues to be a strong point for the local and national economy. Arizona's education and health services industry employed 360,400 workers during August, and although that number is a slight decrease from the previous month, it's a 4.6 percent increase from last year.
The national healthcare industry added a total of 43,800 jobs between August and September, with every sector except nursing care facilities seeing an influx of workers.
Here's a look at how the sectors of the national healthcare industry fared during September:
- Ambulatory healthcare services - +26,000 jobs
- Offices of physicians - +12,200 jobs
- Outpatient care centers - +3,800 jobs
- Home healthcare services - +5,000 jobs
- Hospitals - +13,300 jobs
- Nursing and residential care facilities - +4,500 jobs
- Nursing care facilities - +/- 0 jobs