5:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

As Economy Picks Up, Latinos May Be Gaining Jobs Faster Than Others

Employees at work inside the Tacos La Doña taco truck.
Jude Joffe-Block

LAS VEGAS — For the last year, gardener Juan Romulo was unemployed and stood outside of Las Vegas nurseries, waiting for any kind of day labor work that would come his way. Then, when a landscaping firm hired him in February, he joined the ranks of a growing number of Americans going back to work.

His new job is hard work, and the pay is barely above minimum wage, but for Romulo, it is a relief to have a steady paycheck again to feed his family.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:37 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Yearly Economic Growth Greater Than Expected

Despite gaining some 4,000 private sector jobs in December, Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is holding at 8.7 %.

The Department of Administration says the month's lackluster performance comes from above-average losses in government jobs, primarily in public education.

Still, even with the slow growth, the Department's Rick van Sickle says the state is ahead of where forecasters thought they would be.

He says economists thought the state would see 0.7 % growth over the year.

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