“Every single material hardship you can think about is going to increase if we don't extend the $600 pandemic unemployment compensation."
Additional unemployment insurance benefits were approved by Congress in March, but thousands of Arizonans are still waiting for help.
These diverging jobless rates could only be caused by one thing, said one economic expert: racial discrimination.
Since the coronavirus crisis upended the nation in March, millions of newly jobless Americans are still waiting for their unemployment benefits.
Nearly all the job growth achieved during the 11-year recovery from the Great Recession has now been lost in one month.
With more employers cutting payrolls to save money, economists have forecast that the unemployment rate for April could go as high as 20%.
“My boss told us if we needed to find other jobs we could do it, but I need to keep my job where I'm kind of furloughed because I also still have both my sons on my health insurance. So I had to try to balance it all out."