Arizona jobless rate dips in September

Arizona’s September unemployment dipped to 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent the two previous months.

Department of Administration economists report that the state added 30,000 jobs, mostly in government due to seasonal hiring by schools.

The department says seven of the 11 major economic sectors added jobs in September while four lost jobs.

The biggest job gains in September were recorded in education and health services and in leisure and hospitality. The sectors with the biggest job losses were construction and financial activities.

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Michael Gossie is an award-winning journalist who has earned more than 50 awards for writing, editing and design. He studied economics at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and put his entrepreneurial spirit to work in 2007, using a 200-year-old family recipe to launch an Italian sauce company. He is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and is most proud of being the founding president of the Steuben Arc Foundation in Upstate New York, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including his sister.