County jobs increase by 700 in October

Men work on the Mohave Community College Student Services Center earlier this year.

Men work on the Mohave Community College Student Services Center earlier this year.

KINGMAN – Mohave County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in October, down half a percentage point from 6.8 percent in September and down from 7.6 percent in October 2015, the Office of Economic Opportunity reported Thursday.

Counted as the Lake Havasu City-Kingman Metropolitan Statistical Area, the county showed a civilian labor force of 79,900 in October, with total employment of 74,900 and unemployment of 5,000. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the MSA increased by 700 jobs from the previous month, with the private sector adding 500 jobs and government adding 200 jobs.

Service-providing industries added 600 jobs, including gains in professional and business services; educational and health services; and leisure and hospitality.

Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point from 5.5 percent in September to 5.2 percent in October.

A year ago, it was 6.1 percent.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.0 percent in September to 4.9 percent in October.

Arizona gained 28,000 nonfarm jobs in October, which was more than the post-recessionary (2010-15) average gain of 26,500 jobs.

The private sector gained 24,400 jobs.

Ten of the 11 employment sectors posted gains, with the most coming in professional and business services (8,000 jobs).