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Another million adults ‘have stepped off the path to the middle class’

A sharp decline in the number of Americans going to college - down nearly a million since the start of the pandemic and by nearly 3 million over the last decade - could alter American society for the worse, even as economic rivals such as China vastly increase university enrollment.... Read more»

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Pima County doubles paid parental leave to 12 weeks for gov't staffers

Pima County employees will have up to 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave after the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to expand the benefit. The change will cost the county about $1.2 million annually. ... Read more»

Phoenix saw 9.7% inflation in 2021, outstripping national rate of 7%

Consumer prices rose by an average of 7% in U.S. cities last year, the steepest rise in decades, and they grew even faster in the Phoenix metro area, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»

Analysis

The Great Resignation: Historical data, deeper analysis show it’s not as great as headlines suggest

The so-called Great Resignation was one of the top stories of 2021 as “record” numbers of workers reportedly quit their jobs - but it isn’t quite as great as it seems, since large numbers of U.S. workers have been quitting for years.... Read more»

Remote work has potential to boost employment for those with disabilities

Many people living with disabilities struggle to find professional opportunities, but the increase in remote work, prompted by office closures during the pandemic, has the potential to improve the employment rates for millions of people living with a disability.... Read more»

Arizona jobless rate continues steady decline, workforce keeps growing

Arizona’s unemployment rate continued its steady decline in October, falling to 5.2%, down a full percentage point from just two months earlier and almost one-third of the state’s pandemic high, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. ... Read more»

FactCheck

Is unemployment bonus keeping workers on sideline?

Despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate of 6.1% in April — representing 9.8 million people who say they are actively looking for work — many employers are reporting that they can’t find people to hire, and economists disagree whether a too-generous unemployment supplement is the cause.... Read more»

Vet touts Arizona efforts to help veterans get jobs, despite COVID-19

An employment program for veterans that began in the days after 9/11 paid off last year when the COVID-19 pandemic rattled employment for vets in the state and across the country, but witnesses said there is still room for improvement in government programs that are supposed to help soldiers transition from military to civilian life.... Read more»

Tenacious citizens take on the plastics industry over an insidious pollutant

Tiny plastic pellets, have escaped into waterways by the countless billions as a result of failures by the plastics industry, not consumers.... Read more»

Arizona jobless rate drops sharply, but still at twice pre-COVID levels

Arizona posted one of the sharpest unemployment drops in the country in May, falling from a historic high of 13.4% in April to 8.9% last month, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»

More than 740,000 jobless claims filed in Arizona since March

Some 87,000 new unemployment claims were filed in the week ending May 23, bringing the total number of jobless claims since the COVID-19 pandemic started to more than 740,000.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump's claim about jobs is short on history

The number of unfilled job openings is now greater than the number of unemployed people for the first time on record, but records only go back 18 years. Despite what some GOP spinmeisters would have you believe, “history” didn’t start in December of 2000.... Read more»

Metro Tucson's job growth may be better than state has been reporting

Arizona officials have been saying for most of the year that metro Tucson is either barely adding jobs or just losing a few. But more accurate federal numbers show Tucson may be adding jobs at a healthy rate.... Read more»

Low pay for Arizona teachers lowers morale, retention

Teacher salaries that are among the lowest in the nation drive down teacher morale and make retention difficult, Arizona education advocates say.... Read more»1

Arizona's jobless rate drops to 5% amidst robust hiring

About 20,000 people have been getting jobs each month for the first three months of the year in Arizona. While Tucson's job growth remains at the bottom of the list, but the unemployment rate here is lower than the statewide average. The increase in the state's minimum wage don't appear to have stemmed job growth.... Read more»

Older women increasingly choose work over retirement

Older women are increasingly staying in the workforce, with a 35 percent increase in the number of Arizona women ages 65 and older working past retirement age, according to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics.... Read more»

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