jobs, unemployment, Census Bureau, workers, Arizona
Sep 5, 2023

Jobless rate is down, wages up, but not all is worth celebrating

Arizona’s unemployment is at the lowest rate in decades, there are more jobs than workers available to fill them and salaries are inching up, all of which should be good indicators for workers. Experts say – it depends.

Aug 17, 2023

Unemployment up, hiring, job openings down

It looks like efforts by the Federal Reserve Board to cool the economy are working – at least here in Arizona.

teachers, teacher pay, tiny houses, Horne, Chino Valley Unified School District, Arizona
Jul 31, 2023

With pay lagging, school districts try other enticements to get teachers

Chino Valley is trying tiny houses as an inducement for teachers. The district is not alone. From tiny houses to alternative teacher certification programs to hiring teachers from overseas, school districts around Arizona are scrambling for ways to attract teachers to a state that offers some of the lowest salaries in the nation.

pet adoptions, Arizona Humane Society, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control
Jul 17, 2023

Inflation hits Valley animal shelters; adoptions decline amidst soaring costs

With inflation causing higher prices for everything from lodging to groceries, animal shelters in Maricopa County are feeling a trickle-down effect: They’re reporting fewer adoptions and more animal surrenders.

Navajo Nation, oil and gas,
Jul 14, 2023

Oil and gas withdrawal stirs debate over economic costs for Native American tribe

Some Republican members of Congress on Thursday denounced the Biden administration's recent move to withdraw hundreds of square miles of federal land in New Mexico from oil and gas development, offering their support instead to legislation that would unravel the ban.

workforce, jobs, rural areas, Hobbs
Jun 29, 2023

Arizona to create ‘workforce accelerators’ to train residents in rural areas for jobs

Arizona is going to create a network of sites designed to train residents in rural areas for the jobs that local employers need.

Navajo Generating Station, Economic Development Administration, Northern Arizona Council of Governments
Jun 22, 2023

Arizona official, others, urge U.S. Senate to renew economic development fund

When the Navajo Generating Station closed in 2019, taking hundreds of jobs with it, projects funded by the Economic Development Administration helped blunt some of the pain, Chris Fetzer told a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday.

jobs, unemployment rate, Office of Economic Opportunity, Kaiser, Cook
Jun 15, 2023

Arizona’s unemployment rate at historic lows, jobless benefits won’t be cut

The state's unemployment rate remains at historic lows. But those Arizonans who do find themselves out of work through no fault of their own won't see their benefits cut, at least not this year.

Sep 19, 2019

Weak growth leads to increased jobless rate in Arizona

Arizona's seasonally adjusted jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point last month, to 5.0 percent, driven by weaker than normal growth in the private sector.

Oct 18, 2018

Arizona’s jobless rate ticks upward

The state's jobless rate is up a tenth of a point and stands exactly where it did a year ago.

Jan 12, 2018

Push on to fix adverse effect of Trump tax cuts on state taxpayers

One of the state’s three Republican legislative leaders has vowed he won’t let the Trump tax cuts have a negative ripple effect on Arizona taxpayers. House Speaker J.D. Mesnard acknowledged that the linkage between federal tax laws and the state tax code means that what is in the federal law affects the deductions that Arizonans […]

Dec 21, 2017

Jobless rate drops, signs abound of continued improvement

Overall, Arizona added 28,100 private sector jobs last month. That was enough to drop the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate for November two-tenths of a point from October, to 4.3 percent.