May 21, 2020 Press Releases

Arizona Pummeled By Job Losses, But Trump Opposes Unemployment Insurance Extension

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PHOENIX – The COVID-19 emergency has walloped Arizona’s economy. No part of the state has escaped the impact of rapid job losses. Roughly 33,000 Arizonans applied for unemployment benefits last week and half a million Arizonans filed for unemployment in the last two months. Meanwhile, Trump has expressed opposition to extending unemployment insurance that expires in July.

Nationwide, 38 million Americans have filed for jobless claims resulting in all the jobs gained after the Great Recession being wiped out. Failing to extend the unemployment benefit could set up millions of Americans for a jarring August as income sources freeze and employers are still unable to hire.

“The President has exacerbated this crisis with his lackluster preparation and chaotic response,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “Now as Americans struggle to get by, Trump is considering the cruel option of dramatically cutting this crucial lifeline.”