economy

State Unemployment Drops Amid Mixed Economic Outlook

Mar 27, 2014
azcentral.com

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.

Arizona Population Growth Equals Economic Recovery

Dec 5, 2013
Slate.com

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.

State's Joblesss Rate Up Slightly

Jan 17, 2013

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.

Car Sales Up in AZ

Jan 3, 2013

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

Housing Starts in AZ Up

Nov 20, 2012
Rishichhibber

Housing starts across the country are at their highest annual rate since 2008.

Thanksgiver Dinner Cheaper This Year

Nov 14, 2012
Alcinoe

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.

State Minimum Wage to Rise

Oct 19, 2012

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.

Zac Ziegler

Just north of Prescott’s historic downtown Courthouse Plaza sits Arizona’s newest brewery.

Granite Mountain Brewing Company opened its doors about a month ago.

The room smells of fresh hops and barley.

Just behind the large, hand-carved wooden bar is the brewery’s three-barrel brewing equipment.

If starting a new business during a recession seems a bit risky, it didn’t stop this brewery’s owners.

In fact, they saw some advantages.

Amanda Richardson and Michael Stanger are two of the brewery’s co-founders:

Housing Market in Flagstaff May be Looking Up

Sep 14, 2012

Across the country the housing market appears to be picking up.

In Phoenix home prices are up nearly 14 percent over last year.

And Flagstaff may soon be seeing improvement too.

Jim Snook sells houses for Dallas Real Estate, and he’s the past president of the Northern Arizona Realtor’s Association.

He’s also a numbers guy.

And Snook says the housing market in central Flagstaff is starting to look up again.

For example, houses were selling faster this August than two years ago.

Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services

Vicente Fox warned today that unless this country works closer with Mexico -- and recognizes the benefits of immigrant labor -- it will end up playing second fiddle to China.

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