Number Of Arizonans Applying For Unemployment Increasing

By Holliday Moore
Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
Published: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 8:02am
Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 9:04am

Another 31,901 Arizonans applied for first-time unemployment benefits last week, a slight increase over figures from the prior week.

The new figure brings the number of Arizonans who have applied for unemployment during the COVID-19 outbreak to nearly 577,000. That's about 16% of the near 3.6 million Arizonans who are eligible to work.

Gov. Doug Ducey's stay-at-home order for non-essential workers expired Saturday morning, allowing businesses to re-open under set guidelines to continue social distancing.

Businesses face limits on the number of customers they can serve at a time. And, a large number of Arizonans are voluntarily staying home until viral cases recede for more than two consecutive weeks.

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