Gov. Doug Ducey is pushing Congress to renew federal payments for people left jobless because of the pandemic, but he declined to support increasing Arizona’s state unemployment payments that are among the lowest in the nation.
Ducey said Thursday that “this is on Congress.” Arizona’s unemployment payment maxes out at $240 per week. It's the second-lowest in the nation above only Mississippi. During the pandemic, that state payments have been supplemented by a $600 weekly payment funded by the federal government, but Congress does not appear on track to extend the funding before it lapses this week.