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

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 2012. 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.

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