Economy


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Poverty Rate Climbed in 2020, but Pandemic Assistance Blunted Losses

The Census Bureau estimates that COVID-19 relief payments may have boosted almost 12 million Americans out of poverty.

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Clifton, Globe, and Quartzsite: Arizona Cities Where Big Homes Are Available Under $300K

Cities outside the Phoenix area—like Clifton, Globe, and Quartzsite—offer some homes with over 2,000 square feet for under $300,000.

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Here Are Some Entry-Level Arizona Jobs Paying at Least $15 an Hour

Some Arizona businesses are also offering $100+ sign-on bonuses as they refill their ranks after COVID closures.

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How the PRO Act Would Change Arizona’s Right-to-Work Status

Arizona’s Sinema and Kelly are two of just three Democrat senators who haven’t cosponsored the labor rights legislation. 

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A Q&A With the CEO of Trellis on Arizona’s Nightmare of a Housing Market

We spoke to Patricia Garcia Duarte, the president and CEO of Trellis, about Arizona's unusually competitive housing market.

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A Poor Measure of Need: Researchers Urge Update to Decades-Old Federal Poverty Line

A family of four isn't considered to be living in poverty unless they make less than $26,500, due to an equation that hasn't been updated since the 1960s.

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Cha Cha’s Tea Lounge Made it Through COVID Lockdown. Then the Monsoon Came.

ChaCha’s Tea Lounge just celebrated moving into a new space but has had to shut down indefinitely after losing power.