Pinal County picked up nearly 1,000 jobs in November, dropping its unemployment rate to 4.9 percent. That is its lowest rate of 2016.
A year ago, that number was 6 percent.
According to numbers released Thursday by the Office of Economic Opportunity, the county went from being slightly above the state’s jobless rate in October to being slightly below it. The state rate is 5 percent, down from 5.9 a year ago.
The national unemployment rate is 4.6 percent.
Maricopa County has the lowest unemployment rate in Arizona at 4.1 percent. Yuma County has the highest at 16.7 percent.
Pinal County residents gained 500 jobs in private service-providing fields, 325 in trade, transportation and utilities (TTU), 150 in leisure and hospitality, 100 in government, 50 in educational and health services, 25 in information and 25 in unspecified other services.
Doug Walls, research administrator, said the state’s gain of 16,800 nonfarm jobs during the month was less than post-recession average. From 2010 to 2015 that monthly average has been over 28,000 jobs. It’s also below the 10-year average of 21,500 jobs.
Statewide, TTU was the sector with the biggest job growth during the month with 9,800 jobs.
Walls also pointed out the estimate of 28,000 jobs gained in October has since been revised down to 24,700.
Year-to-year, Arizona has seen 1.1 percent growth in jobs. The biggest growth has been in educational and health services.
Arizona’s total labor force in November was 3.25 million people in the job market, up from 3.16 million in November 2015.