Yuma County's unemployment rate drops in October

YUMA, Ariz. - Yuma County's unemployment rate dropped by almost two percent in October. 

According to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, Yuma's unemployment rate in October was 18 percent. In September it was 19.9 percent.

Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, Arizona's unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level since December 2007 last month, falling to 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent in September.

Gov. Doug Ducey called the monthly jobs report "good news for hardworking Arizonans and good news for our economy."

The rate remains well above the national unemployment rate, which fell from 4.2 percent to 4.1 percent in the same period.

The state Office of Economic Opportunity reported Thursday that Arizona's economy added 18,700 nonfarm jobs in October, down from last month's gain of 36,400 jobs and less than the average for the month.

In all, eight of 11 sectors added jobs, led by 6,000 new jobs in the professional and business services category.

The state and national figures are adjusted to take out expected seasonal fluctuations.

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