Mohave County employment is projected to increase by 517 jobs through the second quarter of 2019, according to a recently released report by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity. 

Employment in the Mohave and La Paz designation area is expected to increase from roughly 59,177 to 61,576 from the first calendar quarter of 2017 through the second calendar quarter of 2019. The agency projects the largest percentage of change for Mohave/La Paz to be in leisure and hospitality employment at 4.2 percent annualized growth and in construction jobs at 3.3 percent annualized growth.

Projections are based on past industry employment trends refined by a review of current economic developments, officials said.

The agency tracks employment in all 15 Arizona counties and in 11 local area designations that work together to form multi-county designations under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, including the designated Mohave and La Paz County area.

OEO projected moderate continued statewide employment growth over the two-year period in all 22 major occupational groups the agency tracks, with the greatest increase being in office and administrative support occupations and the fastest growth rate in healthcare and support occupations. Maricopa County is projected to have the largest share of state job growth with 66 percent of the projected jobs.

The agency also projected continued population growth throughout Arizona and noted that as the rate of unemployment drops below 5 percent, the supply of available labor is starting to tighten. Officials also noted there is room for continued improvement with the Arizona unemployment rate remaining above that of the U.S.  unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

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