Unemployment

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Sheila Bird, right, waits in line for employment interviews at a job fair at City Target in Los Angeles. Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas in August, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Associated Press

Arizona's unemployment rate is down slightly.

State Department of Administration researchers say the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 7.5 percent, down from 7.6 percent in December.

The department says Arizona had 42,000 fewer nonfarm jobs in January, a reduction that it calls fairly typical as businesses reduce staffing after the winter holidays.

The private sector accounted for 33,200 of the lost jobs, compared with 9,000 in government.

The department says the economic sector that lost the most jobs was trade, transportation and utilities, with 14,100 fewer positions.

According to the department, the sector's January loss was its smallest for that month since 2005.

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