Mohave County unemployment rate unchanged

KINGMAN - The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Mohave County remained unchanged in August at 8.7 percent, and is down from 9.1 percent in the same month a year ago, the Arizona Department of Administration reported Thursday.

Arizona's unemployment rate increased to 6.3 percent, up from 6.1 percent in July, while the nation's unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 5.1 percent.

For the Lake Havasu City-Kingman metropolitan statistical area that comprises Mohave County, total employment was 71,600 out of a civilian labor force of 78,400, according to the administration's latest monthly statistics.

Total nonfarm payroll employment grew to 46,100, an increase of 200 jobs from July, with the gains coming in education and health services. Professional and business services lost 100 jobs.

Over the month, Arizona gained 38,100 nonfarm jobs, which was below the post-recessionary average. Weaker August employment gains follow significantly weaker employee losses in July, the Arizona Department of Administration noted.

Yuma County has the highest unemployment rate in Arizona at 26.9 percent, while Maricopa County has the lowest at 5.7 percent.