Unemployment makes slight uptick to 3.9% in Arizona in October

By Greg Hahne
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Published: Friday, November 18, 2022 - 3:05pm
Updated: Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 8:27am

Unemployment in Arizona made a slight uptick from 3.7% in September to 3.9% in October. That however is the same rate the state saw last October.

Doug Walls with the state Office of Economic Opportunity said though the unemployment rate went up, so did the hiring rate as it jumped nearly a full percentage point between August and September.

He said that trend shows that employers are still looking for workers.

"Generally, you'll see a higher quits rate in times of economic prosperity or when individuals feel that they have options in terms of the job market. And they might be leaving one job to go to another job that has more flexible hours, more in line with their career path or has more competitive wages," Walls said.

The majority of the state‚Äôs hiring was seen in the hospitality sector as bars and restaurants added about 9,100 jobs this year.