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Arizona's official unemployment rate fails to show the full picture

• Arizona Republic

Arizona's unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent doesn't come close to showing the full picture of just how tough the state's job market has become.

Although having one of every 10 willing workers out of a job is a grim statistic, the figure is much higher when discouraged workers are included in the count. That brings the broader unemployment rate to nearly 1 in 5.

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