Ariz. Gov. Ducey cuts pandemic federal unemployment, announces $2K incentive for workers

FILE - In this Thursday, April 15, 2021, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix. Ducey on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, signed legislation making it easier to purge infrequent voters from a list of those who automatically get a mail-in ballot each election, ignoring protests from Democrats and prominent business leaders who said the measure would suppress the votes of people of color. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

FILE – In this Thursday, April 15, 2021, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

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Arizona has joined a growing list of states opting out of the federal Pandemic Unemployment Program. Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced the change in a video message on Twitter Thursday. He said starting July 10, Arizona will no longer be paying unemployed workers an additional $300 a week.

The Republican noted that while Arizona’s economy is expected to gain 325,000 jobs by next spring, businesses are still struggling to find workers. Rather than paying people not to work, Ducey said he’s incentivizing them to return to the labor market with a one-time $2,000 bonus.

Ducey also said Arizona’s efforts to eliminate barriers to work will include increasing access to childcare and expanding education opportunities for returning workers.

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