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State Capitol News
4:59 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Despite Slow Job Growth, Durable Goods Sales Up in Arizona

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The state’s job growth may be slow. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports that a new report shows that is not stopping the folks who do have jobs from spending money.

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State Capitol News
3:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Despite Jobless Rate Drop, Arizona’s Economy Is Still Struggling

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New figures today show the state’s jobless rate dropped a little bit last month. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports that’s hardly sign of a health economy.

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State Capitol News
4:39 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Job Growth Likely to Remain Stagnant for the Rest of 2014

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A top state economist predicted today that job growth here will be stagnant for the rest of the year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
12:56 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

State Unemployment Drops Amid Mixed Economic Outlook

Arizona's leisure and hospitality sector added 9,000 jobs in February, a particular bright spot in Arizona's economy.
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The state’s jobless rate dropped by two-tenths of a point last month. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports the economic outlook is far more mixed.

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State Capitol News
9:35 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Arizona Population Growth Equals Economic Recovery

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A panel of economists said Wednesday they believe the state’s economic future appears to be a chicken-and-egg situation. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
1:28 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

State's Joblesss Rate Up Slightly

New figures from the Department of Administration put the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December at 7.9 percent. That's up a tenth of a point from November.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:03 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Car Sales Up in AZ

Car sales are up across the country and Arizona is no exception.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:36 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Housing Starts in AZ Up

A home in California under construction.
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Housing starts across the country are at their highest annual rate since 2008.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:04 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Thanksgiver Dinner Cheaper This Year

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It's going to be a bit cheaper to feed the hungry horde around your Thanksgiving table this year -- and a lot cheaper if you're into organic.

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State Capitol News
4:43 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

State Minimum Wage to Rise

Folks at the bottom of the pay scale are soon going to get a bit of relief. 

The reason is a 2006 voter-approved law which established a state minimum wage separate from the federal figure. More to the point, that law requires the Industrial Commission to adjust the figure every year. Karen Axsom, director of the commission's labor department, explains.

"It's based on the consumer price index from August to August of each year. And there was a 1.7 percent increase. We round up to 15 cents," Axsom said.

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