Per the new report, in the West, business applications increased 8.0 percent between January and February, from about 93,693 to 101,841 applications.
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Hobbs Vetoes Bill That Banned ‘Critical Race Theory’ in Arizona Schools
Gov. Katie Hobbs has issued her 16th veto, nixing a bill that would have banned the teaching of critical race theory in Arizona schools.
AZ Senate Passes Bill to Cut Unemployment Benefits
Senate Republicans want to slash the number of weeks an individual can receive unemployment payments and tie the length of benefit availability to the unemployment rate, but critics say that even if jobs are plentiful, it can still be a long process to find a good one.
App Aimed at Helping Schools Deal with Student Mental Health, Threats
Arizona state legislators want to give school districts more options in dealing with student mental health issues, and threats to student safety.
Annual Unemployment Rate Drops in Arizona
Here in Arizona, the state unemployment rate dropped from 4.1 percent in 2021 to 3.8 percent in 2022.
Expert: AZ Among SW States in Worst Drought in 1,200 Years
Despite Arizona and other Southwestern states experiencing a wetter winter, experts say the region is enduring the worst drought in 1,200 years.
Arizona Foster Care Review Boards Rely on Volunteers to Place Children in Safe Homes
The Foster Care Review Board, a volunteer program established in 1978 under the Arizona Supreme Court, is looking for volunteers.
Families Are Taking a Hit as Pandemic Aid Ends, Inflation Continues
Forty million people in the U.S. are having difficulty affording household expenses, and a little more than 25 million people say they sometimes or often do not have enough to eat, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Household Pulse survey data.
Critics Say Arizona Book Ban Bill Could Marginalize Trans Kids
Republican lawmakers say there’s no place for sexual books in schools, but critics of a law proposed in the Arizona Senate argue that the bill could lead to the marginalization of transgender and gender fluid students.
Lawmakers Seek To Resolve Teacher Shortage via Pay Raises and Health Insurance Benefits
Lawmakers are hoping to convince teachers to stay in Arizona with a $10,000 pay raise, but the proposal comes with caveats that opponents say renders it purely performative.