Arizona will grow jobs at a pace of nearly 3.1 percent in 2014, second highest rate in the nation, an economic study says.

Moody's Analytics, reporting through the Pew Charitable Trusts, projected the state adding 77,251 jobs during the year.

The growth rate would be second only to North Dakota, which Moody's projected at 3.6 percent. North Dakota has led the nation in rate of job growth for several years because of the oil and natural gas boom under way there.

Arizona lost an estimated 300,000 jobs at the depth of the recession, by early 2010, but has been recovering slowly ever since.

With the 2014 growth, it will have regained more than half those lost jobs.