FOX 10's Steve Nielsen speaks with a Valley family to see what the end of the weekly unemployment benefit could mean to the average Arizona family looking for a job.
By November, Arizona leaders say the unemployment fund will run out. Typically a fund of $700 million is considered to be healthy, but at this point, it's paying out $40 million a week.
Arizona's Department of Economic Security says fraudulent unemployment claims are up during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the department tries to work through the claims, some real accounts are being impacted.
DES officials and people unemployed are speaking out after recent troubles at the agency led to missed checks or unemployment accounts that were closed completely.
The Department of Economic Security confirmed multiple unemployment claimants had their accounts stripped of thousands of dollars.
When FOX 10 first reported on the scam, dozens of people were believed to have been victimized.
By law, Arizona's Department of Economic Security is required to undergo a complete audit every 10 years. It's been 15, the department says. Issues the department has have been highlighted while trying to fulfill unemployment requests during the coronavirus pandemic.
A crime ring has been profiting off of millions collecting unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic, the US Secret Service warns.
Governor Doug Ducey has named a new director for the Department of Economic Security to replace Tom Betlach.
State officials confirmed Friday night that the head of the Arizona Department of Economic Security is stepping down.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact everyday life, officials with the Arizona Department of Economic Security announced on Monday the launch of the state's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.