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Employment, Wages, and Income

Employment by Industry. The SEAGO Region is heavily reliant on government employment. Region wide, 30.9% of total nonfarm employment is in the government sector (nearly double the statewide rate of 15.6%). Government employment is especially prevalent in Graham County with overall government employment accounting for 34.3% of all jobs (led by various state and local government entities including a state prison complex); and Cochise County where 33.8% of total employment is in the government sector (led by the area’s largest employer—Fort Huachuca). Greenlee County is least dependent on government jobs, which account for just 12% of all employment. The SEAGO Region, like Arizona overall, is predominantly a service economy with 88.7% of all jobs in service industries (including government)—the same level as statewide. Cochise County is the most heavily service-oriented in the region with 95.3% of all jobs in services (including government). The high government level of employment in Cochise County is largely a result of military and civil service employment at Fort Huachuca, and the concentration of U.S Customs and Border Protection employees in the county. Santa Cruz County is also heavy on service-sector jobs, which account for 95% of all employment. Due to its location along the international border with Mexico, international trade is a major driver of both public and private service-sector employment in Santa Cruz County. The high government level of employment is largely a result of the concentration of Customs and Border Protection employees in the area. Greenlee County is the least reliant on service jobs in the region with 72.1% of all jobs in the goods-producing sector—led by the area’s top employer, Freeport-McMoRan, with its ownership of a large mining operation in the County. Graham County also has a larger share of goods-producing jobs than region wide and statewide at 15.3% (also largely attributable to a Freeport-McMoRan presence). Graham County’s higher government level of employment is largely due to the State and Federal prisons in the County. 


Source: Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics and UsEconomicResearch.com



Note. Percentages show share of total nonfarm employment accounted for by the sectors/industries shown.
Source: Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics and UsEconomicResearch.com



Source: Cochise College Center for Economic Research. Note. A fulltime equivalent employee equals one fulltime or two part-time employees. Includes only those employers that participated in the annual top employer survey. *Large employer U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which includes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Border Patrol, did not participate.

Source: Graham County Department of Community Development

Source: Santa Cruz County Department of Community Development