Mohave County unemployment rate dips slightly

KINGMAN – Mohave County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in February from 6.5 percent the previous month, the Office of Economic Opportunity reported. It’s down from 7.1 percent in February 2016.

Arizona’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.1 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point, while the U.S. rate decreased to 4.7 percent. A year ago, Arizona was at 5.5 percent and the nation at 4.9 percent.

Mohave County, counted as the Lake Havasu City-Kingman metropolitan statistical area, showed a civilian labor force of 82,600 and total employment of 77,500.

The county gained 1,400 nonfarm jobs in February, including 1,200 in the private sector.

Goods-producing industries added 200 jobs for a total of 5,400, and service-producing industries grew by 1,200 jobs to a total of 43,800.

Employment sectors that gained jobs during the month include financial activities (600); trade, transportation and utilities (200); and leisure and hospitality (100). Government added 200 jobs.

Throughout Arizona, nonfarm employment gained 27,100 jobs, a 1 percent increase from January. This was more than the post-recessionary (2010-16) average monthly gain of 23,900 jobs.

The highest job gains were recorded in government (15,500); leisure and hospitality (5,500); education and health services (3,000); and professional and business services (2,900).