Jobless claims fall in Graham, flat in Greenlee

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

PHOENIX — The number of unemployed in Graham County dropped slightly in February.

That’s according to data released last Thursday by the Arizona Commerce Authority.

Graham County’s jobless rate dropped one-tenth of a point in February, to 3.1 percent, tied with Yavapai County for third-lowest unemployment in the state.

Greenlee County continues to hold the spot as the county with the lowest unemployment in the state for 15th month in a row in February, despite remaining unchanged from January at 2.3 percent.

Maricopa County has the second-lowest unemployment in the state at 2.9 percent. Meanwhile, nearby Cochise County increased one-tenth of a point in February, to 4.1 percent.

Statewide, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a point in February, down to 3.7 percent. However, that’s one-tenth of a point higher than the unemployment rate in Arizona in February 2022. The national rate held flat at 3.9 percent.

Six economic sectors reported job gains in February: Government (up 7,200 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 5,400 jobs); private education and health services (up 4,400 jobs); construction (up 2,400 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities (up 700 jobs); and natural and resources and mining (up 200 jobs).

Reporting job losses were: Professional and business services (down 3,100 jobs); information (down 300 jobs); manufacturing (down 200 jobs); and financial activities (down 200 jobs).