Arizona's unemployment rate slightly went up from May to June.
But the small increase from 6.8 to 6.9 percent is not uncommon this time a year.
The rate often flattens in the summer months as jobs in education, hospitality, and health services leave for the warmest months of the year.
“What one must observe is what happens over the course of a year, or six months, over a longer period of time," said Aruna Murthy, director of economic analysis at the Office of Employment and Population Statistics. "The long-range changes. And the increase was only about 0.1 percent.”
At this time last year, the unemployment rate was 8.1 percent.
Arizona reported a net loss of 39,500 jobs in the last month.
Job losses from May to June of this year were fewer than the ten-year average, which is 44,000, and the post-recession average, which is 55,000.
In the last month, 36,400 of jobs lost were in public education, which typically sees large seasonal losses leading into summer school break.