Arizona Ranks 4th & 11th in Terms of Number & Payroll % Increase of Private-sector Jobs During Past 10 Years

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Arizona among 7 states to add 100,000 private sector jobs in past decade

Phoenix Business Journal by Adam Kress, New Media Editor

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 10:37am MST

Adam Kress – New Media Editor – Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona is one of seven states to add at least 100,000 private sector jobs in the past decade, according to a new On Numbers analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics info.

Arizona had more than 2 million private sector jobs in March — or 161,900 more than in March of 2002. Only Texas (1.15 million), New York (340,800) and Washington (180,700) added more private sector jobs during that span than Arizona.

In terms of percentage job gains, Arizona ranked 11th, growing its private sector payroll by 8.7 percent between March of 2002 and the same month this year.

The nation’s weakest private sector is Michigan’s, which suffered a net loss of 433,600 jobs between 2002 and 2012. Neighboring Ohio was next with a 10-year decline of 284,400 private-sector positions.

Get data on all the states here.

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