economy

State Capitol News
7:57 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Arizona's Unemployment Rate Drops To 6 Percent

Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 6 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from March.

The national unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.4 percent in April.

The state Department of Administration says Arizona's economy gained 2,200 non-farm jobs last month.

Across Arizona's economy, seven of the 11 sectors added jobs and four reported losses in April.

Analysts say Professional and Business Services added 3,300 jobs with Government adding 1,900 jobs and Construction 1,300 jobs last month.

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges State Minimum Wage Law

Flagstaff City Council member Eva Putzova and attorney Mik Jordahl represent the Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition. The group filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona to allow cities to determine local minimum wages.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A group advocating for higher minimum wages in Arizona has filed a lawsuit against the state. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit seeks to overturn a law it says unconstitutionally takes power away from the local level.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:19 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Flagstaff Average Hourly Wages Lowest in the U.S.

The San Francisco Peaks viewed from Northern Arizona University's Mountain Campus in Flagstaff. NAU is one of the region's largest employers and a primary economic driver.
Credit NAU

A recent study ranked Flagstaff as having the lowest private-sector wages in the nation when adjusted for cost of living. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, a low-paying tourism economy and costly real estate contribute to the ranking. 

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Gov. Brewer Heads to Europe to Stimulate Trade With Arizona

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Ross D. Franklin/AP

Governor Jan Brewer is headed off to Europe this week in hopes of boosting trade. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
12:55 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

State Jobless Rate Increases for the Third Month in a Row

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A new report today shows the state’s jobless rate jumped for the third month in a row. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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State Capitol News
4:30 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Healthcare Represents Lone Economic Bright Spot for Arizona

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The state’s jobless rate jumped a tenth of a point last month, to 7 percent. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, there’s one really bright spot in the economy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Kirkpatrick Introduces Legislation Designed to Boost Economic Development on Navajo Nation

For more than 40 years, 1.6 million acres known as the Bennett Freeze were off limits to development. Rep. Kirkpatrick's new bill would encourage development there and make other changes to the laws regulating the area.
Credit Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times

In early July, Democratic Representative Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona’s First Congressional District introduced a bill designed to spur economic development on the Navajo Nation. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would affect some of the reservation’s poorest areas.

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State Capitol News
8:43 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Several Arizona Cities Still Hard Hit by Recession

The downtown skyline of Tucson.
Credit tucsonaz.gov

A new study shows several of the state’s cities are among the worst in recovering from the recession. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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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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