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BORDER GOVERNORS

Brewer makes changes to her senior staff

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has made changes to her senior staff, appointing a new deputy chief of staff and state Department of Administration director.

Brewer announced Thursday that Kathy Peckardt is her new deputy chief of staff.

Peckardt has been director of human resources at the Department of Administration since 2002.

The governor says Brian McNeil is rejoining her administration as ADOA director.

McNeil’s appointment is effective Nov. 1 and Peckardt’s on Nov. 9.

Brewer says both moves are necessary due to the promotion of Scott Smith to chief of staff.

Smith has held a dual role as deputy chief of staff and ADOA director.

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.