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What unemployment claims tell us about coronavirus job losses

Millions of U.S. workers have filed unemployment applications each week since disruptions became widespread from the coronavirus pandemic. A survey by economics researchers provides more timely and accurate jobless information than the Labor Department's weekly report.

Virtual reality, 'experience zones' part of post-pandemic shopping, ASU professor says

Many big-box retailers like Pier 1, J. C. Penney, and Nordstrom are announcing a permanent closure of some or all of their stores. What will retail shopping look like after the crisis?

Arizonans desperate for extended benefits as DES attempts to keep up with claims

More than 653,000 Valley workers filed for unemployment assistance since the pandemic shut down the state. The Department of Economic Security is struggling to keep up with the high volume of claims — and the demand for help is expected to keep coming.

ASU economics professor predicts a slow state recovery

Although the economy is expected to gradually improve beginning in July, the unemployment rate in the Valley will still be in at nearly 10% by December.

Real-time survey to provide timelier labor market data in era of COVID-19

Employment data needs to be accurate and up-to-date, but most traditional economic statistics, such as those for the labor market, fall short because they are reported with an extremely slow response.