PHOENIX – Roughly 33,000 Arizonans applied for unemployment benefits last week and half a million Arizonans filed for unemployment in the last two months. The state paid more than half a billion dollars in jobless benefits last week as the Department of Economic Security caught up with a backlog of retroactive benefits. Nationwide, 36 million Americans have filed for unemployment. But on Fox Business last week, Trump passed the buck, saying, “nobody blames me” for these numbers.
Trump’s failure to act early severely exacerbated this crisis and worsened its impact on the economy. All the jobs gained over the past decade after the Great Recession were wiped out in a matter of weeks and the jobless claims in Arizona compared to the past decade are staggering: