Arizona’s unemployment rate drops to 5.4 percent in March

Arizona’s unemployment rate drops to 5.4 percent in March

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona’s unemployment rate is down slightly following a March gain in jobs above the post-recession average.

The state Department of Administration reports that Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in March, down from 5.5 percent in February.

The state’s economy added 12,200 non-farm jobs in March, which was above the post-recession average of 11,800 jobs.

Eight of the 11 economic sectors added jobs, led by the leisure and hospitality sector’s increase of 7,300 jobs.

The sector losing the most jobs was professional and business services, which shed 1,400 jobs in March.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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