Yuma, AZ – December 2023 Jobs Report – Sunshine After Storm Clouds

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The December 2023 jobs report for Yuma, Arizona offers encouraging signs of recovery following a turbulent year. While challenges remain, the data reveals positive job growth, particularly in healthcare and government sectors. Let’s delve into the details:


  • Employment: Up 3.8% from November 2023, adding an estimated 3,000 jobs.
  • Unemployment Rate: Down to 14.1%, a decrease of 0.9% from November and 4.7% lower than December 2022.
  • Labor Force: Expanded by 2.6%, indicating increased participation in the job market.


  • Strongest job gains seen in Healthcare and Social Assistance (+6.7%) and Government (+5.1%).
  • Leisure and Hospitality also experienced growth (+2.4%), potentially reflecting the winter tourist season.
  • Construction remained stable (+0.3%).

Industries and Occupations that Grew:

  • Healthcare and Social Assistance: Registered Nurses, Home Health Aides, Nursing Assistants, Personal Care Aides.
  • Government: Education Administrators, Elementary and Middle School Teachers, Special Education Teachers.
  • Leisure and Hospitality: Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, Waiters and Waitresses, Bartenders.
  • Construction: Construction Laborers, Carpenters, Electricians.

Industries and Occupations that Shrank:

Compared to December 2022:

  • Employment is up 8.3%, adding nearly 8,000 jobs.
  • Unemployment rate is down 4.7%, a significant improvement.
  • All major sectors except for Information and Mining & Logging added jobs.

Compared to November 2023:

  • This report marks the second consecutive month of job growth.
  • Unemployment rate continued its downward trend.
  • However, the pace of job creation slowed slightly compared to November.

Future Outlook:

The Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization projects continued job growth in 2024, but at a slower pace than 2023. Key sectors for growth include healthcare, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality.

10 Growing Occupations in Yuma, AZ (December 2023):

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Home Health Aides
  3. Nursing Assistants
  4. Personal Care Aides
  5. Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  6. Special Education Teachers
  7. Construction Laborers
  8. Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
  9. Waiters and Waitresses
  10. Bartenders

10 Companies Hiring Now in Yuma, AZ (as of February 1, 2024):

  1. Yuma Regional Medical Center
  2. Yuma School District One
  3. Walmart
  4. Lowe’s
  5. Kroger
  6. Target
  7. City of Yuma
  8. Yuma County
  9. La Quinta by Wyndham Yuma East
  10. McDonald’s