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The Yuma Private Industry Council is a non-profit organization that operates a resource center dedicated to helping people find employment. Currently, Yuma’s unemployment rate is among the highest in the country, while other Arizona counties report high unemployment numbers as well.

In a state where unemployment remains high as much of the rest of the nation recovers from the Great Recession, Yuma stands out. The metropolitan area’s jobless rate of 29.4 percent in August was the nation’s second highest. Read more»

Barbara Pope, of Superior, lost her left middle finger to infection after she was bitten by ants. She said her challenges continued after her release from the hospital because her community doesn’t offer much in terms of medical care and lacks a pharmacy.

Of the four Arizona counties that already had more than one out of five residents age 65 or older in 2009, all are in rural areas. As this shift occurs, experts and advocates warn that rural areas will lack the doctors, care homes, transportation and other services needed by an older population. Read more»