The February unemployment rate is down one tenth of a percent from January, but at 7.9 percent is still higher than the national average.
The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 7.7 percent, though the national jobless rate also dipped in the second month of the year compared to January.
The February report from the Arizona Department of Administration showed the largest increase in jobs was in the government employment sector, specifically in public education, which added 14,600 jobs after the holiday break at the beginning of the year.
Those jobs account for more than half of the nearly 23,000 jobs added to the Arizona economy in February, according to the latest state unemployment report. T
he only sector that lost jobs last month in Arizona was Trade, Transportation and Utilities. All other job sectors, including construction added jobs, except for the mining industry, which did not add or eliminate jobs last month.