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In Tucson, affluence and poverty are never far apart. Read more»

While Yuma officials question the reliability of unemployment figures that show the town having the highest jobless rate in the nation, they continue to work toward boosting employment. Organizers of a recent job fair in Yuma said a record 1,745 job seekers turned out for the event at the Yuma Civic Center, in addition to more who applied online.

Yuma’s unemployment hit 30.3 percent in April, rising to become the highest in the nation at a time when unemployment rates in more than 90 percent of U.S. metro areas were falling. Read more»