Bonneville Phoenix Network
 KTAR News
 Arizona Sports
Latest News

High unemployment in Yuma not affecting Arizona

Yuma has the highest jobless rate in the nation, but that is not affecting the rest of Arizona.

The Labor Department said Yuma's unemployment rate in October was almost 30 percent.

Valley economist Elliott Pollack said Yuma's joblessness is mostly due to agriculture. Even when the rest of the state's economy was booming in 2006, Yuma unemployment stayed around 14 percent, but there was effect on the state then, nor is there now.

The Valley's jobless rate is hovering around 7 percent. Arizona unemployment continues to be about 8 percent. The state's jobless rate hasn't dropped below 8 percent since December 2008.

Arizona lost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the recession and Pollack said we should be back up to pre-recession employment numbers by 2015.

"Three years ago we were 49th in the nation in job growth. Today we're number 6."

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


comments powered by Disqus
Latest News