Arizona Business News


Restaurateurs Support Reinstituting Jobless Benefit Rules
Gov. Doug Ducey has lifted his 2020 executive order that removed the requirement for unemployed people to be actively looking for work. The move is welcomed by many in the business community trying to ramp up staffing as millions of Arizonans get vaccinated and are returning to pre-pandemic behaviors such as dining out.
May 3, 2021
Ducey Rescinds Order Suspending Job-Search Rules For Unemployment
Arizonans are going to have to start looking for work again later this month if they want to keep their unemployment benefits.
May 3, 2021
Arizona Seeing Drop In Enrollment, Funding For Preschool
Arizona has seen a drop in both enrollment in and spending on preschool programs; that’s according to new data from the National Institute for Early Education Research.
May 3, 2021
Coalition Aims To Increase Clean Energy Use, Boost AZ Economy
The Arizona Thrives alliance is made up of community groups, cities and private businesses — including developers and utilities. It’s looking at both short and long-term goals for boosting clean energy usage and reducing carbon emissions.
May 3, 2021
 Phoenix Could Pay Developer To Build Street In Laveen
Phoenix is considering paying a developer to build a half street at a key location in the southwestern part of the city.
May 3, 2021
Chip Shortage Leads Ford To Shut Down Hermosillo Plant
The massive Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, is slated to start a two-week shutdown next week. The facility, which is one of the city’s most important employers, manufactures the new Bronco Sport.
May 1, 2021
How The Pandemic Has Changed Sports And Which Changes May Be Permanent
The last year has been unusual in so many ways, and one of the areas of life that’s been impacted by the pandemic is sports. Even as sports start to look more like normal, there are things that have changed.
April 30, 2021
▶ This Weeks #AZNumber: 16
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 16. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on
April 30, 2021
UA Professor: Low Census Response Rate From Hard-To-Count AZ Populations
Earlier this week, most observers were surprised when the U.S. Census numbers were released, and Arizona did not gain a 10th congressional seat. To break down the results and some of the demographics, The Show spoke with Jason Jurjevich, an assistant professor of practice at the University of Arizona.
April 29, 2021
Sky Harbor Sees Passenger Increase For The First Time Since 2020
For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is reporting an increase in passenger traffic compared to a year ago. Cargo numbers are also doing well.
April 29, 2021
Why Mexico Is A Potential Problem For Bidens Clean Energy Plans
President Joe Biden wants U.S. energy policies to move toward greener alternatives — but his counterpart in Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is looking for the opposite. The difference has already generated tension and concerns that could impact trade and investment.
Biden's 100-Day Plan: The Impact On Arizona
April 29, 2021
Phoenix Suns Clinch NBA Playoff Spot, Snapping 11-Year Drought
Chris Paul scored 28 points, Devin Booker added 21 and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-101 on Wednesday night to clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.
April 28, 2021
Website Offers Legal Help, Eviction Resources To Tenants
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ordered limits on some types of evictions through the end of June. But legal protections and financial resources can be difficult for tenants to navigate. Several Arizona organizations are trying to make the process easier.
April 28, 2021
Grocery Worker Talks About Her Job During Pandemic
Grocery stores have been open throughout the pandemic, and workers in those stores have been considered essential. The Show spoke with one worker to get a better sense of what it's been like to work in a grocery store during the pandemic.
April 28, 2021
Boba Shortage Estimated To Last Through Summer
The “bubbles” in the wildly popular bubble — or boba — teas are becoming harder to get.
April 28, 2021
From Masks To Yoga Mats: Company Sees Surge In PPE Recycling
As good as they are at protecting us from the spread of COVID-19, the billions of disposable masks are also creating tons of new waste that’s polluting our oceans and communities. It’s not so simple to recycle PPE. But one company has been doing just that since long before the pandemic began.
April 28, 2021
Circle The City Working With Maricopa County To Vaccinate The Homeless
During the pandemic, we have seen more people ending up on the streets. That has only added to the number of people experiencing homelessness who need to be vaccinated here. Nonprofit Circle the City has partnered with Maricopa County to help get thousands of them protected.
April 28, 2021
Rental Car Prices Spike In AZ As Travel Demand Surges
If you’re planning to travel this summer, you might want to check one, key thing before you book your trip: rental car prices. That’s because there is a rental car shortage hitting the country, and it's worse in popular travel destinations — like Arizona is right now.
April 27, 2021
Author Laurie Notaro Remembers Mill Avenue Glory Days
Mill Avenue is in the heart of downtown Tempe and still attracts people of all ages and interests. But it’s changed dramatically from a couple of decades ago. The most recent change announced for Mill is the closing of the Irish pub Rula Bula.
April 27, 2021
Arizona Housing Coalition Offers Cities Ideas For Affordable Housing
Affordable housing is and has been a problem in the Valley and throughout the state. The Arizona Housing Coalition estimates nearly half of all Maricopa County renters in all income brackets are considered rent-burdened; that means they’re paying more than 30% of their income on housing.
April 27, 2021