Chandler unemployment trending down from April peak

Unemployment claims are slowly decreasing in number in Arizona and in Chandler. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Unemployment claims are slowly decreasing in number in Arizona and in Chandler. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Unemployment claims are slowly decreasing in number in Arizona and in Chandler. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The city of Chandler saw its highest unemployment rate in history in April, but the number of unemployment claims has been cut in half since the spring, according to data from the Arizona Commerce Authority.

The city's unemployment rate as of September was 5.5%, up just slightly from August where Chandler's unemployment rate was 5.1%—the lowest it had been since March.

The coronavirus-related shutdowns gripped the state, county and local economy in March, April and May. As closures persisted, unemployment claims soared in Arizona. April marked the first full month of closures and a statewide stay-at-home order initiated by Gov. Doug Ducey.

April's unemployment rate in Chandler was 11.9%, up from 4.8% in March, according to data from the Arizona Commerce Authority. That jump marked the largest jump in the 30 years of data the authority has published.

Chandler's labor force as of September was 155,197, with 8,511 people unemployed, according to the data. In April, the number of unemployed people in Chandler was 18,247.

Chandler's latest unemployment rate is below the overall Arizona unemployment rate, at 6.8% in September, according to the data, with 242,339 Arizonans unemployed. The statewide unemployment figure is down from April, when it reached 13.1% and saw more than 464,122 Arizonans out of work.


Prior to April, Chandler last saw its highest unemployment rate in January 2010, with a rate of 8.2% and 10,985 people unemployed.

Chandler’s 85225 ZIP code saw the highest unemployment claims of any other city ZIP code between March 14-Oct. 8, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments, with 9,434 claims. Chandler's 85224 ZIP code saw the second highest, with 6,006 claims in the same time period.


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