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Unemployment edges higher in city, county for November

December 24, 2018

KINGMAN — The unemployment rates for Mohave County and Bullhead City rose slightly in November.

Arizona’s unemployment rate increased to 4.7 percent for November from the month before. It was

4.7 percent in November 2017. About 155,000 Arizonans were unemployed in the month out of a civilian labor force of about 3,491,100 people, according to data released Thursday by the Arizona Department of Administration.

The United States’ unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent for November from October. In November 2017, the nation’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. The number of unemployed Americans was less than 6 million.

Mohave County’s unemployment rate rose to 5.4 percent in November from 5.3 percent in October. The county’s unemployment rate was

5.1 percent in November 2017. With a civilian labor force of 85,877, the county had 4,651 people who were unemployed.

Bullhead City’s unemployment rate increased to 5.5 percent in November from 5.3 percent in October. The city’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in November 2017. With a labor force of 17,172, the city had 947 people who were out of work.

Kingman’s unemployment rate increased to 4.8 percent in November while Lake Havasu City’s remained at 5.2 percent. Colorado City’s unemployment rate was 9.9 percent.

In other Arizona cities, Flagstaff’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for November. Prescott’s was 5 percent. Phoenix’s unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent and Tucson’s was at 4.3 percent for the month. Yuma’s unemployment rate was at 10.9 percent.

In November, La Paz County’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent. Coconino County’s rate was 4.9 percent. Maricopa County’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent and Pima County was at 4.2 percent. Yavapai County’s unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent, while Yuma County was at 14.9 percent.

As of November, there were 44,400 workers in the private sector in Mohave County, including 9,000 workers in the educational and health services and 13,200 employees in the trade, transportation and utilities field. There were 3,100 workers in mining and construction, 3,200 in manufacturing and 8,400 in the leisure and hospitality field.

There were 7,700 government workers in Mohave County of which 7,300 worked in state and local government.

Arizona gained 32,700 non-farm jobs in November with 17,700 additional trade, transportation and utilities jobs. Professional and business services added 5,100 jobs, and education and health added 3,600 jobs.

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