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Sun, Sept. 22

Jobless rate drops slightly in September

KINGMAN – The unemployment rate for Mohave County dropped to 6.8 percent in September, compared with 7 percent in August and 7.9 percent in the same month a year ago, the Office of Economic Opportunity reported Thursday.

Mohave County, counted as the Lake Havasu City-Kingman Metropolitan Statistical Area, showed a civilian labor force of 79,700, with total employment of 74,200 and unemployment of 5,400. Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred.

Total nonfarm payroll employment in the MSA dropped by 500 jobs from the previous month, with both the private sector and government shedding jobs.

Service-providing industries lost another 400 jobs, including losses in trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; and leisure and hospitality.

Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5.5 percent in September, down 0.3 percentage point from August and down 0.4 percentage point from September 2015. The national unemployment rate edged up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent in August.

Arizona gained 32,700 nonfarm jobs in September, which was above the post-recessionary (2010-15) average gain of 25,700 jobs, according to the monthly report.

The private sector gained 3,800. Over the previous five years, the private sector averaged 3,200 job gain in September.

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