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.


MOST RECENT

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Someburros opens location at Chandler's The Steelyard development

Someburros opened a new Chandler location this month.

The Chandler USD governing board met Nov. 18 to discuss virtual learning and COVID-19. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler USD reports 12 active COVID-19 cases on districtwide dashboard; county reports 69 active school outbreaks

Chandler USD reported 12 COVID-19 cases across its campuses Nov. 30, according to data from the district.

Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know across Arizona. (Community Impact staff)
Number of people in ICU units with COVID-19 up more than 400% since end of September

Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know across Arizona

The Kyrene School District is getting a new superintendent. (Courtesy Kyrene School District)
Kyrene School District names new superintendent

Kyrene School District is gettinng a new superintendent.

The Brickyard in downtown Chandler has been approved to extend its premises to its parking area. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler launches program allowing businesses to expand into on-street parking

The program, dubbed On the Street, was created to help businesses that have been faced with capacity restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

BlackBerry Cafe offers homestyle cooking and a family feel

BlackBerry Cafe owners say they aspire to make the restaurant feel like family to all its customers.

City of Chandler headquarters in downtown Chandler  (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
City launches new way to engage with Chandler services

Chandler has a new way to experience civic engagement.

The county has adjusted the COVID-19 risk levels for local school districts. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Maricopa County updates COVID-19 school dashboard; Chandler, Gilbert, Higley all considered 'substantial risk'

The county has adjusted the COVID-19 risk levels for local school districts.

Sibley’s West offers one-stop-shop for all things Arizona

Sibley's West has been a staple in downtown Chandler since it opened.