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There are more jobs than jobless people in 42 states

A record number of job openings and fewer workers to fill them have left 42 states with more available jobs than people looking for work, according to a Stateline analysis of federal statistics from August, the latest available. ... Read more»

GOP opposition to state and local aid remains as Senate heads toward vote on COVID bill

As Democrats seek to send President Joe Biden their latest $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill, federal lawmakers remain deeply divided on the question of whether state and local governments need another infusion of federal aid. Supporters of the bill — including numerous Republican mayors — say the answer is a clear “yes.” ... Read more»

Hospitals are suddenly short of young doctors — because of Trump’s visa ban

Doctors treating coronavirus patients were supposed to be allowed into the U.S. But hundreds of young doctors have their visas put on hold indefinitely.... Read more»

Bill would bar cities, towns from mandating employee benefits

A state lawmaker wants to bar Arizona cities and towns from requiring private employers to provide benefits like sick days and meal breaks. HB 2280, authored by Rep. Tom Forese, R-Chandler, would keep the power to regulate benefits at the state level.... Read more»1

Hundreds rally in Phx against bills they say target unions

Several hundred people demonstrated Thursday at the State Capitol against four Republican bills they say unfairly target unions representing public employees.... Read more»

Report: Economic recovery in Tucson, Phx lags region

Slumping housing prices and the prevelance of service-industry jobs contributed to Phoenix and Tucson trailing the rest of the Intermountain West in economic recovery during the second quarter, according to a Brookings Institution report.... Read more»