Data: Chandler unemployment rate down from April to May; 85225 ZIP code sees highest number of claims

The city of Chandler saw its highest unemployment rate in history in April, but May data from the Arizona Commerce Authority shows the unemployment rate is trending down. (Community Impact staff)
The city of Chandler saw its highest unemployment rate in history in April, but May data from the Arizona Commerce Authority shows the unemployment rate is trending down. (Community Impact staff)

The city of Chandler saw its highest unemployment rate in history in April, but May data from the Arizona Commerce Authority shows the unemployment rate is trending down. (Community Impact staff)

The city of Chandler saw its highest unemployment rate in history in April, but May data from the Arizona Commerce Authority shows the unemployment rate is trending down.

The city's unemployment rate as of May 2020 was 7.5%, down from 11.9% in April—but still a stark contrast to the 3.5% unemployment rate the city saw in January 2020.

The change from January to May represents a 114% increase in unemployment.

The jump from March to April was also the largest jump in the 30 years of data the authority has published. The unemployment rate was 4.8% in March.

The economy was thrown into havoc amid the closures and restrictions in place for much of March, April and the first half of May due to the coronavirus pandemic. As closures persisted, unemployment claims soared not only in Arizona but nationally as well. April was the first full month of business closures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with Gov. Doug Ducey’s “Stay home, stay healthy, stay connected” order in place from 5 p.m. March 31 to May 15.

Chandler's labor force as of May 2020 was 153,251. Of that number, 11,502 people were 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 8.7%, as of May 2020, according to the data, with 309,001 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 2020, Chandler last saw its highest unemployment rate in January 2010, with a rate of 8.2% and 10,985 unemployed out of the city's labor force.

Chandler's 85225 ZIP code saw the highest unemployment claims between March 14-June 11, according to the Maricopa Association of Governments, with 7,060 claims.


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