Mohave County jobless rate stays the same

Arizona rate drops slightly

KINGMAN - The unemployment rate for Mohave County remained at 7.5 percent in April, unchanged from March and down from 8.4 percent in the same month a year ago, the Arizona Department of Administration reported Thursday.

The monthly report showed total nonfarm employment of 46,900 in the Lake Havasu City and Kingman metropolitan statistical area, including 39,100 jobs in the private sector and 7,800 government jobs. Total employment was 47,000 in March.

Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in April. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.4 percent.

A year ago, Arizona was at 6.9 percent unemployment and the nation was at 6.2 percent.

Arizona added 2,200 nonfarm jobs in the month of April, significantly lower than the post-recession (2005-2014) average of 8,100 jobs, according to the report.

The majority of the gains were from government (1,900 jobs), with federal employment having the strongest gains (1,400 jobs). The private sector added just 300 jobs during the month. Seven of the 11 major employment sectors showed gains.

The largest number of jobs (4,200) was lost in trade, transportation and utilities. Losses of this magnitude in trade, transportation and utilities haven't been seen since April 2009.

Manufacturing shed 1,400 jobs.