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Pandemic unemployment relief ends, cutting off 45,000 jobless in state

A federal pandemic relief program that provided extra financial aid to jobless workers ended Monday, hitting more than 45,000 unemployed Arizonans who had already seen the state pull away another source of federal aid in July. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program ultimately helped a total of 1.6 million Arizonans over the course of almost two

Opinion

Opinion: Why Have Federal Unemployment Benefits Cost So Much More Than Expected?

The March 2020 CARES Act expanded unemployment benefits for millions of laid off workers, many of whom will benefit from program extensions into 2021 included in Congress’ new relief bill. Unofficial estimates suggest the latest extensions will cost $120 billion. That begs the question — how well did Congress’ scorekeepers do in projecting the cost of the opening

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