/ Modified jun 9, 2020 12:03 p.m.

Arizona weekly unemployment continues to rise

More than 100,000 people filed first-time unemployment claims

Last week, nearly 120,000 Arizonans filed first-time unemployment claims, an increase of nearly 40,000 people.

Close to 100,000 of the new claims were filed by the self-employed or people working in the gig economy.

Until mid-May the self-employed were not allowed to claim unemployment. Federal legislation temporarily waived that ban, but will soon expire.

The first week of June was one of the largest weeks for first-time claims since the start of the pandemic. The highest one-week total was the first week in April, but it did not include the self-employed.

The federal government, through the CARES Act, added $600 to unemployment checks during the pandemic. That funding will expire on July 31. It is unclear whether or not Congress and the president will renew it.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona