Continuing on the Recovery Summer and Stimulus: State by State, we head to Arizona.
Quick Arizona facts:
- In January of 2009, the unemployment rate in Arizona was 8%. As of June 30, 2010, the unemployment rate was 9.6%–a net increase of 1.6%! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- According to Recovery.gov, Arizona has received 4,791 awards. This has resulted in $4,694,698,082 being spent to create/save 11,472.38* jobs (Source: Recovery.gov)
- As of June 2010, the labor force in Arizona has increased by 26,140 people since January of 2009. While the labor force has increased, employment has decreased. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- According to the Recovery Summer Map, Arizona boasts a grand total of 4 “Summer of Recovery” projects.
- The number of people employed in Arizona has fallen by 26,108 people since January of 2009! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- The Obama administration projected the change in jobs by December 31, 2010 to be +70,000 jobs. To date, Arizona has lost 84,600 jobs. (Source: Ways & Means Republicans)
The employment trend in Arizona is one of the worst in the nation. From June of 2007 through June of 2010, the unemployment rate has increased by nearly 6%–and there is no end in sight! As 2010 wears on, the unemployment rate continues to rise with no evidence that the “Summer of Recovery” had any effect on improving Arizona’s economy. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Has the Recovery Act done anything for Arizona? No.
Has “Recovery Summer” done anything for Arizona? No.
Arizona has been one of the most watched states over the past year with the immigration controversy. But there should be a bigger controversy over the effects of the recession on Arizona and what the “stimulus” has failed to do. This is one of the worst hit states by the economic downturn and is home to the GOP’s 2008 Presidential nominee John McCain. Arizona is a model state of just how big a failure the “Recovery Act” has been.
*: The number of jobs created/saved conflicts with other government sources on Recovery.gov. This number was pulled from the latest figured offered on Recovery.gov