Unemployment Rate, 2014
Full employment is considered to occur when the unemployment rate is 4 percent or less. In 2014, the national unemployment rate averaged 6.2 percent. The Arizona rate was higher at 6.9 percent, but the margin of error around the Arizona figure is so large that one cannot conclude that the rate was higher in Arizona than the national average. Only four counties had a lower rate than the state, and of these, only Maricopa had a rate less than the national average. However, the margin of error is very large in the less populous counties, such that it is difficult to conclude which counties have the lowest or highest unemployment rates. The very high unemployment rate in Yuma County is not representative of its labor market, since the rate is substantially affected by the survey’s method of handling migrant farm workers.