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The state's unemployment rate slightly rose for the second month in a row.

Unemployment was at 7 percent in July, up from 6.9 the month before. This increase is due in part to the loss of 10,400 non-farm jobs in June.

However, a drop in jobs is normal from June to July, and this year's is less than past years. On July 2013, the jobless rate was 8.1 percent.

“If you look at the loss and you compare it to the post-recessionary average and the 10-year average, it is considerably lower in terms of the amount of loss, which is a good sign," said state economist Aruna Murthy.

Even with July’s losses, Arizona still has added 59,900 jobs so far this year.