Greenlee, Graham have lowest unemployment in the state

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

PHOENIX — The unemployment rollercoaster continues in Graham and Greenlee counties; however, this latest uptick wasn’t as severe as in previous months.

Jobless claims in both counties saw a slight increase in September.

According to data released Thursday by the Arizona Commerce Authority, Greenlee County had an unemployment rate of 5.0 percent in September, an increase of 0.4 from August’s unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.

Graham County is at 5.5 percent unemployment in September, up just 0.2 points from August’s 5.3 percent.

Those numbers put Greenlee and Graham as the two counties with the lowest unemployment in the state, followed by Cochise and Yavapai counties both at 5.7 percent..

Statewide, unemployment is at 6.7 percent, up 0.8 points from August and up 2.1 points from September 2019. The national rate was 7.9 percent.

Six economic sectors reported job gains in September: leisure and hospitality (up 7,000); trade, transportation and utilities (up 4,900); professional and business services (up 4,500); education and health services (up 2,000 jobs); financial activities (up 600); and information (up 200).

Manufacturing lost 400 jobs, while natural resources and mining lost 300 jobs.

Construction showed no job losses or gains in September.