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After the pandemic created a teacher shortage in the day care industry, many rooms at the Growing Tree Child Care Center have been used for storage.

When public school systems switched to remote learning, parents who required child care paid high sums for day care that relied on workers who were earning minimum wage - now, those same day care businesses are struggling to recover with high turnover of low-wage workers. Read more»

According to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, more than 90% of domestic workers are women, and many are also immigrants and people of color — all groups that disproportionately felt the damaging effects of the pandemic. Read more»

Edward Weathersby, 41, left, his wife Stephanie Weathersby, 37, and Ryan Nguyen, 24, listen to a representative of the Disabled American Veterans organization at a job fair for military veterans on June 3 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

Arizona Gov. Ducey and nearly half of other state governors have acted to prematurely end the increased unemployment benefits that President Biden promised would be in place until Sept. 4, blaming the pandemic-related uptick in unemployment payments for the struggle employers are facing to hire workers. Read more»

Supporters of #RedforEd at a protest hosted by the Arizona Education Association at the Arizona State Capitol on April 30, 2018.

A new report found that Arizona ranked 50th in median annual earnings for teachers after adjusting for cost of living. Arizona teachers earned only $47,606 — more than $2,100 less than the adjusted pay for educators in Oklahoma. Arizona’s two largest metropolitan areas, Phoenix and Tucson, ranked 48th and 50th, respectively, among large cities. Read more»

Despite the improvements, the Census Bureau numbers show Arizona’s poverty rate remained higher than the nation, where the rate was 12.3% last year. Read more»

The unemployment rate in Arizona fell sharply in May, reversing the spike in joblessness caused by COVID-19 closures. Despite that, the jobless rate of 8.9% was still the highest in almost nine years, and twice as high as it was just three months earlier.

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»

The sudden shutdown of entire sectors of the economy due to the coronavirus has led to unprecedented spikes in new jobless claims. While those have started to drop, the numbers of people on unemployment continues to rise.

The number of new jobless claims fell for a second straight week, but the number of unemployed continued to rise in Arizona and the nation in what one expert calls a shock to workers and a “huge shock” to the system. Read more»

The first payments to taxpayers under the federal government’s massive coronavirus relief bill should start showing up in Arizonans’ bank accounts this week, in the form of larget unemployment checks and a direct payment of up to $1,200 per person.

Thousands of dollars started arriving in Arizonans’ bank accounts this week as the first payments from the massive coronavirus relief package began to be distributed in the form of expanded unemployment benefits and direct stimulus payments. Read more»

The U.S. Department of Labor reported 6.6 million people applied for unemployment insurance benefits over the last week—roughly 2% of the country’s population.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported 6.6 million people applied for unemployment insurance benefits over the last week—roughly 2% of the country’s population. Read more»

Congress passed, and the president signed, the second multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill in as many weeks on Wednesday. Lawmakers and the administration now say they need a stimulus package of up to $1 trillion to offset economic harm from COVID-19.

The Senate gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill, the second such bill in two weeks, and immediately turned its attention to a third bill that could have a $1 trillion price tag. Read more»

Effective Jan. 1, workers who make less than $35,568 a year will have to be paid time and a half for any work over 40 hours a week, an increase from the old threshold of $23,660 that had not been changed in 15 years. But the increase iks far below what was proposed by the Obama administration and will protect millions fewer workers.

As many as 20,000 Arizona workers could be guaranteed overtime pay when they do overtime work under a Labor Department rule that took effect Jan. 1, the first change to the rule since 2004. Read more» 1

A new report says the steady decline of labor unions has affected nonunion workers, who have not seen wages rise as high as they would have if unions were at peak numbers. But an Arizona economist and business official said many other factors could be at play.

The steady decline in union membership has had a ripple effect on wages of nonunion workers, costing them a potential $14 to $52 a week in pay, according to a report released this week. Read more»

An Economic Policy Institute report said child care is increasingly out of reach of most Americans, with Arizona one of only a handful of states where the average did not exceed the cost of in-state college tuition. The Department of Health and Human Services’ rule of thumb is that child care costs should not exceed 10 percent of a family’s income, but in Arizona it costs 17.6 percent of a typical family’s income.

Infant child care in Arizona costs an average of $9,437 a year, rivaling in-state college tuition and putting care out of reach for many families, according to a recent report. And Arizona’s costs were on the low end when compared to the rest of the nation, with infant care costs in Washington, D.C., reaching $22,631 annually. Read more»

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong. Read more»

Arizona had the second-largest gap between earners in the top 20 percent of incomes and those in the bottom 20 percent, trailing only New Mexico in that regard, the report says.

Arizona had the second-highest income inequality in the nation between 2008 and 2010, trailing only New Mexico for the gap between its richest and poorest residents, a new report says. Read more»

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