Mohave, Arizona employment rates improve

PHOENIX - Mohave County's seasonably adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent in May, compared with 7.4 percent in the previous month, the Arizona Department of Administration reported Thursday.

The county's unemployment rate is down from 8.5 percent a year ago.

The civilian labor force in the Lake Havasu City-Kingman metropolitan statistical area totals 78,800, with total employment of 73,200, according to the May report.

Arizona's unemployment rate fell for the third consecutive month to 5.8 percent in May, down from 5.9 percent in April and 6.3 percent in May 2014.

Five of the 11 major employment sectors added jobs during the month, led by professional and business services (2,600 jobs). Significant job gains were also reported in education and health (1,100 jobs), manufacturing (900 jobs), financial activities (800 jobs) and construction (700 jobs).

Government shed 12,200 jobs in May, followed by leisure and hospitality (2,500 jobs), trade, transportation and utilities (1,100 jobs) and information (500 jobs).

Year over year, Arizona's nonfarm employment grew by 61,100 jobs, or 2.4 percent, the department reported.