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Contractors work on the frame of a home under construction at the D.R. Horton Express Homes Magma Ranch housing development in Florence, Arizona.
Like so many states, Arizona is battling a housing shortage, and that takes construction workers. Employment in the sector is up 9 percent — accounting for around 13,000 of the nearly 70,000 jobs added in the past year. This, as health care — the longtime driver of job growth in the Grand Canyon State — levels off following years of explosive growth. While economists predict continued hiring as the population grows and ages, job growth in the sector now trails the national average for the first time in four years, according to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.
Year-over-year job growth (May): 2.5 percent
2018 Economy rank: 10 (Top States Grade: A-)
Major employers: Banner Health, Walmart