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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

More Arizonans have jobs this Labor Day than they did last year.

The latest state unemployment numbers show the largest year to year increase in jobs since early 2007.

Nationwide, there are one million new jobs since the beginning of the year.

The problem is only 20 percent of those jobs are full-time positions.

That's definitely cause for concern when you think about long-term stability.

This Labor Day, many Tucsonans celebrated their day off at Reid Park.

They listened to music, enjoyed some food and drinks and also heard a handful of guest speakers who talked about today's job market.

"Our economy will continue to struggle until the federal government provides greater incentives to stimulate job growth," said Congressman Raul Grijalva.

Part-time work, with no benefits and no retirement is a band-aid, Grijalva says.

While unemployment may be going down, that doesn't represent an economy headed in the right direction.

"The jobs that are being left behind are part-time jobs with no benefits and still those workers depending on the public for their healthcare and other sustenance.  Those are not jobs that make you stronger. Those are jobs that keep you alive."

Since the real estate bubble burst, Grijalva says Arizona has made strides diversifying its economy.

He says there are more jobs in manufacturing, public works and science and research.

But there's still a lot of room for improvement, he says.

That all starts with more incentives for companies to create new jobs.

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