PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Tuesday fighting economic espionage was a priority for the Department of Justice.

Interviewed by Reuters in Phoenix, she said: "When it comes to economic espionage, this is in fact a tremendous problem because ... be they individuals or be they state actors ... essentially they're stealing from future generations also. We take these matters very seriously... It is a matter of priority for us."

(Reporting by Julia Edwards in Phoenix; Writing by Doina Chiacu and Eric Walsh; Editing by Howard Goller)