Arizona offers relief for workers displaced by pandemic

By Howard Fischer Capital Media Services

March 23, 2020

PHOENIX — Arizonans displaced from employment due to COVID-19 will be getting some financial relief.

In an executive order Friday, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to waive certain existing requirements for those who want unemployment insurance. That includes having to wait a week before getting the first check.

She said the governor is aware that Arizona’s maximum weekly benefit of $240 a week has not been altered since 2004. During that time the state’s minimum wage has gone from $5.15 an hour to $12 now.

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