The Phoenix metro area saw some of the strongest job growth during the past year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Metro Phoenix non-farm employment grew 3.2% from May 2018 to May 2019 according to BLS data.  That marks the largest percentage growth rate among all major U.S. metro areas with population in excess of 1 million.


In raw numbers, the valley added 66,500 jobs during the 12 month period. The leading sectors for job growth include education and health services (17,200 jobs ), construction ( 15,100 jobs ) and professional and business services( 12,800 jobs ), according to the BLS.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Arizona personal incomes climbed 5.5% from the fourth quarter 2018 to the first quarter 2019.