PHOENIX — Continued talk of a trade war hasn’t dampened the state’s job growth — at least not yet.

New figures from the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity show the state did lost 4,900 private sector jobs in July. But that’s far less than what typically happens this time of the year, with the post-recession average showing Arizona shedding 8,200 jobs in July.

And, overall, private sector employment is up by 74,100 since the same time last year, good enough to show a 3.1 percent growth rate.

Locally, Mohave County had a 6.5 percent unemployment rate in July, up from 6.3 percent in June and 5.7 percent in July 2018.

Doug Walls, the agency’s labor market information director, said it would be in sectors like construction that a recession likely would first show up. But employment here continues to increase, up 11 percent from last year.

While Walls does not have comparable July numbers from other states, he said the figures from June show that to be the second highest growth rate in the nation.

Manufacturing employment is up 5.1 percent.

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