Arizona’s unemployment rate remained relatively unchanged, dropping from 3.9 percent in January to 3.8 percent in February.
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.
Locally, according to a newly released Bureau of Labor Statistics report released on February 1, the Yuma metropolitan area unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) dropped slightly from a staggeringly high 16.7 percent in November to 13.7 percent in December.
On Friday, October 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report with preliminary September unemployment and job numbers.
The unemployment rate has declined to 3.2 percent, the lowest on record since 1976, when the current record keeping methods began to be used.