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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»

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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»

The U.S. is among the world's worsening nations

Congress can’t get anything done. And 50 million people are living in poverty.... Read more»

Report: Az work policies not so 'family friendly'

Federal law guarantees most workers 12 weeks off for events like a birth, but that leave is unpaid. Because Arizona does not provide more than the federal law, it - like many states - got an F for its family-friendly workplace policies.... Read more»

Fly to Machu Picchu: Dream come true or nightmare?

Peru’s famous Inca citadel is about to get a new airport nearby that will allow millions more to visit every year.... Read more»

Latino workers no longer mostly immigrants

A majority of Hispanic workers in the United States were born in this country, a study by the Pew Research Center found. In 2007, before the recession and sharply increased border enforcement, 56 percent of working Latinos were immigrants. In 2013, that number has fallen below 50 percent.... Read more»2

Az company shows off ‘bio-based’ products at event in Capitol

Phoenix-based Yulex Corp.was one of 35 companies, from 25 states, invited by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to show the promise of bio-based manufacturing at a congressional event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.... Read more»

Ex-Rep. Shadegg pushes for immigration reform

Former Arizona Rep. John Shadegg called for fellow Republicans in the House to move forward with immigration legislation, saying reform would benefit the economy and create jobs.... Read more»

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