Big jump in joblessness, but Greenlee remains lowest unemployment in the state

David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

PHOENIX — Following a dip in unemployment in May, both Graham and Greenlee counties saw a significant uptick in the number of jobless claims in June.

According to data released Thursday by the Arizona Commerce Authority, Greenlee County had an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent.

It was a 1.9 point increase from May’s unemployment rate of 4.2 percent; however, Greenlee remains the county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state

Graham County is at 8.9 percent unemployment in June, up 2.9 points from May.

Statewide, unemployment is at 10 percent, down up 1 point from May and up 5.2 points from June 2019. The national rate was 11.1 percent.

Despite the increased number of jobless claims, Arizona Commerce Authority reported all but one employment sector reported job gains.

Two economic sectors posted gains in jobs in May —construction (up 1,500 jobs)

Increasing were:  leisure and hospitality (up 34,000 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities (up 11,800); education and health services (up 8,300); professional and business services (up 4,200); manufacturing (up 3,000); financial activities (up 1,000); natural resources and mining (up 300) and information (up 200).

Seeing a loss in June was construction, which was down 900 jobs.