Unemployment claims fall in Greenlee, flat in Graham

- David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

PHOENIX — Greenlee County saw a slight decrease in the number of jobless claims in October according to data released Thursday by the Arizona Commerce Authority.

The jobless rate in Greenlee County dropped one-tenth of a point to 3.1 percent in October. That drop keeps Greenlee as the county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state for the 11th month in a row.

Meanwhile, Graham County’s unemployment remained flat, holding at 3.6 percent, good for the fourth-lowest lowest unemployment in the state.

Maricopa and Yavapai counties tied for second-lowest jobless rate at 3.4 percent.

Nearby Cochise County remained flat, holding at 4.5 percent.

Statewide, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a point in October, up to 3.9 percent. That matches the unemployment rate in Arizona in October 2021. The national rate increased one-tenth of a point to 3.4 percent.

Nine economic sectors reported job gains in October: Leisure and hospitality (up 7,200 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities (up 7,100 jobs); education and health services (up 5,300 jobs); professional and business services (up 5,000 jobs); financial activities (up 2,600 jobs); government (up 800 jobs); manufacturing (up 600 jobs); construction (up 600 jobs); and natural and resources and mining (up 200 jobs).

Reporting job losses was the information job sector, down 300 jobs.