Arizona nonprofits and mutual aid groups have stepped up to fill the gaps in aid left by state and federal lawmakers.
Economists warned the new number may reflect a drop in the overall workforce as much as increase in employment.
Inadequate unemployment payments don’t just hurt individuals needing the money—they also hinder the state’s economic recovery.
A report released before the pandemic urged Arizona to up unemployment to $490 per week to protect the state against a recession.
Arizona's problematic unemployment system has left many residents feeling scared and hopeless during a time of global anxiety.
A new government watchdog report out Monday found individuals eligible for the economic impact payments approved by the CARES Act earlier this year have yet to receive that money because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.
Arizona has experienced record wildfires this year, with blazes lasting longer than normal into the summer due to a lackluster monsoon season.