Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Arizona

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September 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Arizona

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Arizona using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#15. Greenlee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 4,360 (134 unemployed)
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#14. Maricopa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 2,366,350 (79,121 unemployed)
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#13. Yavapai County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 107,523 (3,656 unemployed)
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#12. Graham County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 14,949 (562 unemployed)
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#11. Pima County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 483,648 (19,028 unemployed)
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#10. Pinal County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 195,491 (7,659 unemployed)
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#9. Gila County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 20,033 (867 unemployed)
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#8. Cochise County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 48,527 (2,147 unemployed)
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#7. Mohave County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 90,972 (4,213 unemployed)
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#6. Coconino County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 75,380 (3,606 unemployed)
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#5. La Paz County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 8,147 (435 unemployed)
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#4. Navajo County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 39,155 (2,362 unemployed)
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#3. Santa Cruz County

- Current Unemployment rate: 9.1%
--- 1 month change: +1.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 18,401 (1,682 unemployed)
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#2. Apache County

- Current Unemployment rate: 9.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 17,740 (1,726 unemployed)
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#1. Yuma County

- Current Unemployment rate: 18.4%
--- 1 month change: +1.2%
--- 1 year change: +1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 98,344 (18,114 unemployed)

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