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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.

Arizona paid $519 million in jobless benefits last week as the Department of Economic Security caught up with weeks of overdue benefits.


Arizona plans to have a new system that will begin working in mid-May to handle the surge of unemployment benefit claims resulting from the coronavirus outbreak’s partial shutdown of the state’s economy, including claimants not previously eligible.

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Governor Doug Ducey says he’s beginning discussions about how to ease up on the social distancing requirements that have left businesses closed and a record number of workers jobless.