County jobless rate up in June

8.1% looking for work

The unemployment rate in Mohave County rose a full percentage point to 8.1 percent in June, as total employment dropped to 72,619 during the month, down from 73,128 in the previous month, according to the Arizona Department of Administration.

Mohave County had 7.1 percent unemployment in May and 8.8 percent unemployment in June 2014.

Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.8 percent in May to 5.9 percent in June.

The state lost 46,800 nonfarm jobs during the month, which was less than the post-recessionary (2010-2014) average loss of 55,200 jobs.

Both the private sector and government shed jobs. The majority of losses in government were from local education (-39,100 jobs).

Three of the 11 employment sectors added jobs, with the largest gain in professional and business services (+3,300 jobs).

Mohave County, or the Lake Havasu City-Kingman metropolitan statistical area, showed total nonfarm employment of 45,700 in June, compared with 46,500 in May. Private industry employed 38,400, a loss of 300 jobs, while government employed 7,300, down 500 jobs from the previous month.

The largest private employment sector in Mohave County is service providers (33,000), including trade transportation and utilities (11,000); educational and health services (7,900); and leisure and hospitality (5,800).