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Az leads nation in clean-energy job growth

Arizona businesses announced plans earlier this year to hire more than 3,000 workers in clean-energy industries, letting the state claim the nation’s biggest growth in renewable-energy jobs for the second quarter. The bulk of the jobs would be at a Solar Wind Tower in San Luis.... Read more»

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Leaders from tribe, Glendale break ground on $400M casino resort

Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Glendale broke ground Thursday on a $400 million casino resort that has been the subject of lawsuits and legislation to block it.... Read more»

Rio Grande Valley mayor welcomes National Guard troops

Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal is among the few public officials on the border welcoming the presence of National Guard troops to deal with the surge of illegal immigration.... Read more»

Arizona posted nation's lowest rate of improper unemployment payments

Arizona had the lowest rate of improper unemployment insurance payments in the nation last year, which is a big improvement from two years ago when Arizona had one of the highest improper payment rates in the nation.... Read more»4

This is how income inequality hurts the U.S. economy

A new report by Standard & Poor’s highlights the growing risks of income inequality to the U.S. economy.... Read more»

Analysis

Far from border, Central American kids find familiar faces

The number of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the Mexican border has skyrocketed since 2011, generating open hostility in many communities around the country. But children have gotten a warmer reception in places where Central Americans are the predominant immigrant group.... Read more»4

Analysis

Why Millenials aren't saving, and what can be done

Millennials are saving less for retirement than older generations, threatening the long-term financial security of the youngest generation of American workers.... Read more»1

Education by the numbers

Male-female wage gap widens with age

Conventional wisdom has it that young men and women tend to earn similar wages as young adults, but that the male-female gap widens a lot with age, especially as women “lean out” during their child-bearing years.... Read more»

As employment improves, disabled jobless rate stays high

U.S. joblessness fell from 7.9 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent in 2013, while it remained stubbornly above 13 percent for people with disabilities. Advocates said it is much the same in Arizona, where hesitation among both employers and would-be workers help keep the rate high.... Read more»

Central American kids pushed north by poverty, violence

Unlike many undocumented adult immigrants, minors from Central America cannot be quickly deported under U.S. law. Some may have legitimate claims for asylum or refugee status.... Read more»

CDC: Arizona ranked in top five for alcohol-related deaths

Experts said there are several possible factors behind Arizona’s relatively high numbers, including the fact that medical responses can be a challenge in a rural state. One treatment counselor noted that there’s no one cause, but “a hundred ways” the problem affects the state.... Read more»1

Adults with serious mental illness face 80% unemployment

Employment rates for people with a serious mental illness are dismally low and getting worse, according to a report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Just 17.8 percent of people receiving public mental health services were employed in 2012 – down from 23 percent in 2003.... Read more»

Analysis

Job growth is accelerating

Last week’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics continues 2014’s streak of good news, as we are finally starting to dig out of the crater the recession put in the labor market.... Read more»

Obama's numbers, July update

Jobs, profits, guns and health insurance. FactCheck.org’s regular update of the statistics.... Read more»

Obama and executive overreach

The issue of executive overreach from President Obama was debated on “Fox News Sunday,” but on two issues, the rhetoric outpaced the facts.... Read more»

Census: One-third of Arizonans living in 'poverty areas'

The increase of those in “poverty areas” – where at least 20 percent of residents are poor - jumped from 25 percent of the state in 2000 to 33 percent in 2010, mirroring the nation.... Read more»

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