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Labor Force, Employment, and Unemployment.

Unemployment in the SEAGO Region in 2015 was higher than statewide and national levels. The Region wide unemployment rate in 2015 was 8.3% (compared to 6.1% statewide and 5.3% nationally).

The highest unemployment rate in the Region in 2015 was Santa Cruz County at 11.5%, which pulled up the region wide rate by a full percentage point. Unemployment rates in all counties in the region were higher than state and national levels in 2015.  


Most economic indicators following the 2008 recession indicated that the effects of the recession, particularly job losses, in the SEAGO lagged behind 

 

the national trends. Economic data also shows that the economic conditions in the Region, while improving, continue to lag behind national and state wide trends. Since many areas of the SEAGO Region are heavily reliant on military and federal civil service jobs, the federal government 2015 sequestration, and mission changes at Fort Huachuca, also had a significant effect on job availability and wages in the Region. In the past eight months, unemployment data indicates that the unemployment rate in Santa Cruz County has dropped from 11.5% to 8.7%. While much of the job growth can be attributed to seasonal warehouse and distribution jobs related to produce from Mexico, there is optimism that some of the jobs will remain as permanent positions. 

Unemployment Rate

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



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

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

Source: U.S. Census Bureau (2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates) and UsEconomicResearch.com